December 5, 2022

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Before the end of the Netanyahu era: A new ruling coalition was formed in Israel

Before the end of the Netanyahu era
A new government coalition was formed in Israel

Shortly before the deadline to form a new government in Israel, an alliance is being formed between the eight parties, including central politician Lapid and nationalist hardliner Bennett. With the inauguration, the term of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister will now come to an end.

Opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu have formed an alliance in Israel at the interim end of the long term of the prime minister. More than two months before the parliamentary election, former opposition leader Jair Lapid has formed an eight-party coalition. His spokesman said he would announce this to 57-year-old President Ruwan Rivlin. Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Arab Ram Party, signed a coalition agreement with Lapit’s future party shortly before the deadline.

Abbas also said he was the last to sign a contract. “All other parties have joined the effort,” he said. Even at the last minute there were violent disagreements between the various coalition partners.

Apparently agree with the principle of rotation

With the inauguration of such a government in parliament, the Netanyahu era as Prime Minister will come to an end. The expected date is June 14th. Before taking office, a simple majority of 120 MPs must vote for the government. According to media reports, the far-right Zamina Party, led by Naphtali Bennett, will also be part of the Lapid Alliance, which was seen as referring to measurements after the March 23 election. The two appear to have agreed to a rotation in the head of government’s office. So former Secretary of Defense Bennett should be prime minister for two years and then Lapid should replace him. Lobid first wants to accept the post of foreign minister.

Lapit’s future party is located in the political center. In the March election, it became the second strongest force after Netanyahu’s right – wing Conservative League. Lapidte entered politics after a career as a television presenter. He served as finance minister in the previous Netanyahu government. Netanyahu was prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and has been in office since 2009. He was Israel’s longest-serving head of government.

The parties are united in their rejection of Netanyahu

Lobid relies on an alliance with seven smaller parties from all parts of his future party’s political spectrum. It is common for them to reject Prime Minister Netanyahu on corruption charges. However, their political goals vary widely.

Bennett, a millionaire through an Internet start-up, represents national-religious politics, and his party is considered friendly to immigrants. Coalition partners Meredith, Labor and the Arab Ram Party are in favor of establishing an independent Palestinian state. This would complicate the work of the Lapid Alliance.

In early May, 56 MPs voted for Lapid to take charge of forming a government. In the previous election, Jamina won seven Knesset seats. Israel has recently been in a permanent political crisis. The fourth parliamentary election in two years at the end of March failed to regain a clear majority. Rivlin commissioned Lapidet to form a government on May 5, but Netanyahu had previously failed. The Lapid deadline is set for Wednesday evening.

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