Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may lose his job as his rivals attempt to join forces.
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On Sunday, Yamina leader Naftali Bennett announced that it would join with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid to form a right-wing united coalition government and will oust Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from his job after ruling for 12 years. Israel has been in a political deadlock for two years. Yamina leader Naftali Bennet said that PM Benjamin Netanyahu led Israel to national suicide for his own personal reasons. Mr. Netanyahu is known to be embroiled in major corruption and is indicted in three criminal cases.
Soon after the announcement Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid began discussing the terms to reach an agreement by Wednesday deadline. In the deal it is expected that the role of Prime Minister will be in a rotation deal. It is expected that Mr. Bennett will take the job first for two years, and than the job will be taken up by Mr. Lapid.
The elections have proven there is no right-wing government under Netanyahu. There’s unity or fifth elections. Instead of a left-wing government we can have a sure-fire right-wing one and without going to elections.Mr. Bennett said in his announcement in a televised national address.
Even though it seems to be the end of Netanyahu’s 12 years as Prime Minister, a possibility remains that lawmakers absenting or defecting themselves and current foreign political affairs might stall the process. Ultimately, it depends on the 120-seat Knesset to approve the new government. The vote is expected in a few days. The coalition has the support of 61 seats, so a defection of only one is enough to deprive it of the requested majority to form the new government. Apart from this, the coalition requires the approval of the Islamist Ra’am party as it did not yet reveal its stance on the deal. They have four seats in the Knesset.
PM Netanyahu downplayed his risk of losing his role and said that the country would have security risks if the coalition will rule Israel. He asked if they are actually prepared to deal with countries such as Iran, and whether they can deal with Gaza.
If it does occur, heaven forbid, think about who will be in the security cabinet: Yair Lapid, [Meretz head] Nitzan Horovitz, [Labor head] Meirav Michaeli, and [Meretz MK] Tamar Zandberg. What impact will that have on Israel’s deterrent capability? How will we look to our enemies? What will they say in Iran and Gaza? What will they do in Iran and Gaza? What will they say in the corridors of the administration in Washington?Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Channel 12 revealed that if the Israeli Prime Minister said that should he lose his role, he would not resign and would lead the opposition to attack Yamina to break the coalition by exploiting the deep ideological differences between his opponents.
More details to follow.