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As wily and experienced a politician as PM Netanyahu is, I wonder if he can break the Bennett-Lapid alliance well enough to get them to work for him. According to NRP aka Bayit Yehudi's campaign, you'd think that Likud-Beitenu would be the best political partner and not more Left-secular Yesh Atid, but Bennett has been playing us for suckers. OK, maybe not me, since I didn't vote for him.
“During the campaign, [Jewish Home leader] Naftali Bennett promised his voters that he supported Benjamin Netanyahu, and even put his picture alongside a photo of the prime minister on billboards to highlight the level of cooperation he planned after the election,” the Likud source told Israel Hayom. “But immediately after the elections, Bennett entered an alliance with [Yesh Atid head] Yair Lapid.”
Photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90The source said Bennett’s move amounts to “voter fraud. Using his agreement with Lapid, Bennett is working to prevent the establishment of a nationalist government.”
Lots of people voted for NRP because his party had strong pro-Jewish life in the Land of Israel candidates for Knesset. They expected it to be like "Otzmah-lite." They and Likud kept harping on the "certainty" that Otzmah LeYisrael wouldn't make get the minimal votes needed, which became a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Now we just have a "lame duck" government waiting to be replaced.
Whose fault is it? Does Bennett think he'll get more seats if elections are held soon? Or will people be fed up with this egotistical brinkmanship?
In this game, someone has to blink first. On the one hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's associates say Likud-Beytenu will not agree to exclude ultra-Orthodox parties in the next coalition while inviting control of the next government by Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid.I still think that the Israeli Government should have told the American one to freeze the idea of a visit until after coalition negotiations were completed successfully.
Netanyahu's associates say he would rather call for new elections than answer to Bennett's obstinacy to stand by Lapid in his demand to exclude the haredim. On the other hand, Bennett's associates say that he will never break his alliance with Lapid, even if that means toppling Netanyahu. In order to prevent going to elections again if a government cannot be formed, someone needs to fold. The big question now is who.