Time up for Netanyahu as Lapid announces victory
Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, in a bid to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule, has officially informed the President about an agreement with his coalition partners to form a new government.
President Reuven Rivlin, via a tweet, confirmed the development that notified the nation about their Prime Minister in waiting. Lapid, who needed 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament named Knesset, announced the deal just 35 minutes before the deadline of government formation.
As per media reports, Lapid, chief of the centrist Yesh Atid party who struck a historic deal with the head of the United Arab List Mansour Abbas, will not be named as the Prime Minister immediately. Naftali Bennet, who gave vital oxygen to the coalition and its success, will be Israel’s PM for two years of a four-year term.
Naftali Bennett, the far-right politician, is known for his aim to “manage” and position ultimate Israeli control over Palestinians. He does not believe to solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.The hardline religious-nationalist was once head of a prominent Jewish settler group and is very open about his plans for those living under occupation.
“There are certain things that we know will never happen. The Sopranos won’t return for another season and an agreement of peace with the Palestinians will not happen,” says a video on his official YouTube page. Bennett was once a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party and was his chief of staff. Experts refer to Bennett as someone who is “Netanyahu compatible”.
Netanyahu and his Likud party tried everything in their hand to find defectors to hamper the opposition’s plan and tried to break off one or a few members from the alliance, what they thought would be enough to extend Netanyahu’s rule. He even termed the opposition alliance as a threat to Israel’s national security.