One year in, Israel’s “salvation government” hangs by a thread -Breaking
© Reuters. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet holds the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 12, 2022. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS
By Maayan Lubell
JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – One year ago, Israel’s unstable coalition government was thrown into disarray following months of turmoil. This raises the possibility of a snap election.
Prime Minister Naftali Binti Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid praised their achievements, including boosting the economic growth and eliminating budget deficits. On Sunday, they vowed that they would fight to preserve the coalition of Muslim Arab, left-leaning, liberal and Muslim parties.
It’s been a year since establishment of the national salvage government. Bennett spoke out in broadcast remarks during his weekly cabinet meeting. “This is one the country’s greatest governments. It leans upon one of its most difficult coalitions that the Knesset ever knew.”
“We won’t despair, and we won’t break.”
After the third election in two years, Netanyahu was overthrown by the hawkish Bennett (50), and Lapid (58), who were both centrists.
However, with such a thin majority and divisions on major issues, like the Israeli-Palestinian war, the coalition has had difficulty holding together and analysts are predicting a massive crash.
Bennett was unable to win the support from two Yamina members over the past 12 months, and is now in charge of 60 out of the 120 Knesset legislators. Another member of Bennett’s Yamina alliance lost their support.
Lapid and two Knesset members representing Israel’s Arab minority, which many identify with Palestinians, have been trying to manage tensions since March when violence erupted in Israel-Palestinian conflict.
This resulted is a series defeats in key votes in parliament, including the rollover of a law that would have ensured that Israeli settlers living in the West Bank under military authority are now covered by Israeli civil laws.
It is probable that the measure will be brought back. This loss would have normal support. Bennett’s party, however, is closely associated with the settler movement.
According to Yoav Krakovsky (public broadcaster Kan), the most probable scenario is an election in December or April. He has previously described the government’s actions as “passing time for the sake” and “buying time”.
Netanyahu, the leader of the Opposition, is now being held in court for corruption. This allegation he strongly denies. It is highly unlikely that Netanyahu will be convicted of corruption in the near future, and he has pledged to come back despite all his legal problems.