Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's grip on power loosened even more over the weekend, as his political foes ramped up to try to depose him.
Naftali Bennett, a close confidant of Israel's current leader, has announced his bid to become the country's Prime Minister.
On Wednesday, eight Israeli political groups achieved an agreement to create a unity government. Thus, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tenure. There are 17 seats for Yesh Atid, 8 seats for Kahol Lavan, 7 seats for Israel Beiteinu, 7 seats for Labor, 7 seats for Yamina, 6 seats for New Hope, 6 seats for Meretz, and 6 seats for Raam (4 seats).
Yair Lapid revealed that he had informed Israel President Reuven Rivlin about the deal. This was done shortly before the deadline for forming the government. Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician and former journalist who currently serves as the chairman of the Yesh Atid party and the Knesset's opposition leader. An Arab party will be a part of the government coalition deal for the first time in decades.
Politics in Israel
Since the people of Israel are voting for the parties, not the people specifically, these candidates get seats in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in order of these lists. So if the party wins 3 seats, the first 3 candidates on the list get in. They also submit their candidate for Prime Minister to the country's president. This is the first candidate on the list.
Members in the Knesset are distributed according to proportional representation. Thus, no single party has earned the 61 members required for a majority. Since April 2019, no clear winner has emerged in the last four elections. This left Netanyahu in charge of the caretaker government in Israel.
Why is Netanyahu being ousted as PM of Israel?
Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving leader, he has been Prime Minister for 12 years. The battle between Hamas and Israel occurred at a time when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already fighting for his job. He's facing corruption charges as well as the results of another hung election in 2021. People were reminded of his reputation as a staunch supporter of Israel as a result of the Israel-Palestine crisis.
In a bid to save his job, Netanyahu offered an "unconventional" plan on Sunday. A three-way prime ministerial rotation involving himself, Bennett, and Gideon Sa'ar, his former interior minister.
According to reports, the Prime Minister of Israel presented an offer to Bennett and another right-wing politician, Gideon Saar. According to, which the latter would serve as Prime Minister for 15 months. This would be followed by himself and the Yamina head, Bennet, for the rest of the term.
However, this offer was turned down. It allowed Mr. Lapid to form a potentially varied coalition of left-wing, right-wing, and an Arab party.
Who is Naftali Bennet?
If parliament approves the coalition, formed by Netanyahu opponents, within the next week, Mr. Netanyahu will be replaced as Prime Minister of Israel by Naftali Bennett. He is a 49-year-old technology billionaire and former cabinet minister.
He is an Israeli native who was born to American parents. Bennett served in an elite military commando team. He also co-founded payment security business Cyota Inc., which was sold to RSA Security LLC for $145 million. From 2006 to 2008, he was the chief of staff for then-opposition leader Netanyahu.
Bennett is the leader of the Yamina party. It is a mostly religious group that rejects Palestinian independence and wants to annex significant swaths of the West Bank.
What are his political ideologies?
The new administration is made up of a mishmash of groups. They sometimes have diametrically opposed ideas that came together specifically to depose Netanyahu. Naftali Bennet has a more conservative political approach than Netanyahu.
Bennett is noted for being a strong supporter of the Jewish state. He insists on Jewish historical and religious rights to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. Israel has occupied it near the Syrian border since 1967. He has never supported Israeli claims to Gaza, though.
Palestinians are likely to see Bennett's appointment as a setback to aspirations for a negotiated peace and an independent state. Bennett, a proponent of economic liberalization, has shown support for reducing government red tape and taxation.
Bennett, unlike some of his previous religious rights supporters, is more liberal on topics like homosexual rights and the relationship between religion and government in a country where Orthodox rabbis retain significant power.
How close is he to becoming PM of Israel?
Bennett has stated that his party will hold discussions with Yair Lapid, to create a government coalition. He is the leader of the centrist party. The outcome of these talks will be announced on Wednesday.
Bennett would succeed Netanyahu as Prime Minister under the proposed parameters of the arrangement, according to Israeli media, and give way to the 57-year-old Lapid in a rotating agreement.
If confirmed, this coalition would bring together in government parties from the Israeli political right, left, and centre.
According to a BBC article, while these groups have nothing in common politically, they are unified in their desire to see Netanyahu's term in office end.
This agreement, according to Netanyahu, will "weaken Israel."
According to Israeli media reports, the Bennett-Lapid combination would have enough support in the Knesset to depose Netanyahu. The Times of Israel, on the other hand, has warned against leaping to conclusions in the tumultuous Israeli political landscape.
"I commit to you Mr. President, that this government will work to serve all the citizens of Israel including those who aren't members of it, will respect those who oppose it, and do everything in its power to unite all parts of Israeli society," Lapid told Reuven Rivlin (President of Israel) at 11:35 pm, reported Jerusalem Post.