Political forces seeking to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have days to form an unlikely cross-spectrum coalition. The survivalist politician on Sunday offered a three-way rotational premiership, but was rejected.
Netanyahu, who is facing corruption charges, made a proposal to form the next Israeli government with Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina alliance and Gideon Sa’ar, who leads the center-right New Hope party.
But now a coalition of Israel’s opposition parties have announced they have reached an unlikely agreement and now have the votes to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest serving leader.
Naftali Bennett, former defense minister for Netanyahu, and opposition leader Yair Lapid will lead the opposition parties under this new agreement that would split power in a “unity government.”
Bennett would take over as prime minister first, and then Lapid if they are successful in finally pushing Netanyahu from power.
We could go to fifth elections, sixth elections, until our home falls upon us, or we could stop the madness and take responsibility, Bennett announced on Sunday, adding that this “unity government” is needed to save Israel from its “tailspin.”
This coalition will have one week to finalize deals and then will face a vote in the Knesset. Lapid will inform President Reuven Rivlin of his ability to form a new government with his partners on Monday.
Netanyahu, who has faced four elections in two years as well as corruption charges, has tried offering a rotation style for the government, but has been rejected, as the opposition coalition has the unified goal of removing Netanyahu from office.
In a Sunday message posted to Twitter, the prime minister blasted his rivals and the coalition deal as the “scam of the century,” adding that recent conflicts with Hamas prove that Israel can not function with a “left-wing government.”
Adding to the tensions is the fresh memory of the 11-day flare-up between Israel and militant groups controlling Israeli-blockaded Gaza.
We just got out of a war, from a military operation, and it was clear, amid the battle, that it’s not possible to fight with Hamas from a left-wing government,” he said, proposing that they form a functioning “right-wing government for Israel” instead.
Hamas and its allies managed to put a strain on Israel’s air defenses with larger-than-expected numbers of rockets fired from Gaza, and forced civilians in many Israeli cities to hide in bomb shelters.
The Israeli military responded with massive force, which led to hundreds of civilian casualties in Gaza. Also this must change as the international community, including Jews living outside Israel, can not accept this certain anti-Palestinian behavior anymore?
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