The Islamic State Has Played A Key Role In Forming A New Government In Israel
Israel’s president has invited Netanyahu, who won a narrow majority in the recent elections, to form a new government, but he is not in a position to receive a vote of confidence from parliament.
According to the international news agency, Israeli President Rowan Rivlin has said that no candidate will be able to win the confidence of the parliament after the recent elections, but he has invited Netanyahu, who has a numerical majority, to form the government.
“Many people are criticizing the process of inviting Netanyahu, who is facing criminal cases, to form a government, but the law allows for it, so my move is not unconstitutional,” he said.
The Israeli president claimed that 52 members of the 120-member parliament supported Benjamin Netanyahu, while 61 members were needed to form a government, but opposition candidates had fewer votes than Netanyahu.
The key role in the formation of the new government in Israel will be played by a group called the United Arab List, which has won four seats and gained a decisive position. The candidate who gets their votes will form the government.
Mansour Abbas, the leader of Al-Qaima Al-Arabiya Al-Muwahidah, has previously been the speaker of parliament and made statements in favor of the Palestinian liberation struggle, but has not yet chosen a coalition in the new government.
It should be noted that Israel has held elections four times in the last two years and each time no party has been able to get the required majority, which has created a political crisis in the country.
Benjamin Netanyahu is commissioned to form a government and try to end the political blockade in Israel
Three months after leaving the Presidency of Israel and in the umpteenth attempt to break the unprecedented blockade on his already complex political class, Reuven Rivlin has commissioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the government. The zero enthusiasm and resignation that have accompanied his announcement lie both in the fact that he did not want to give the mandate to a candidate on trial for corruption (although the law allows it), and in his little hope that someone will be able to avoid the fifth elections in two years.
“My impression is that none of the candidates currently has a real option to form a government. In fact, if the law had allowed me to, I would return the responsibility to Parliament, “ Rivlin said when announcing his decision, after holding meetings yesterday with the representatives of the 13 lists elected at the polls on March 23.
Rivlin, harshly criticized in recent years by Netanyahu spokesmen, admitted the “great political and public debate” created around the possibility that an imputed candidate receives for the first time the task of forming a government. “The decision is not easy at the ethical level but I do what corresponds to me within the framework of my role as President of Israel and according to the Law and the Court,” he justified, recalling that in the end the Likud leader, with 52 seats out of a total of 120 and belonging to four parties, it is the one that has received the most support at the moment.
Netanyahu, who was not invited as tradition to the act of commissioning the presidential mandate, now has 28 days — with the possibility of 14 additional days — to form his sixth government since he won the veteran Simón Peres in the 96 elections.
Although it has won the largest number of seats in front of a more heterogeneous and disorganized bloc, it does not have a majority. Given that all the parties of the left and center and some of the right in the 24th Knesset inaugurated this Tuesday refuse to collaborate with Netanyahu, Bibi’s formula is also unprecedented: to unite around his government, even if it is in distance and from indirectly, to several ultranationalist Jewish deputies and Arab Islamists. If in this sense it does not convince the Islamist Mansour Abbas (4 seats) and especially the far-right leader Bezalel Smotrich (6) and Plan B does not work (“fishing” several conservative defectors), the other option in the amalgam of unnatural alliances necessary to avoid elections is a coalition of the anti-Netanyahu bloc that encompasses formations of the left, center and right.
THE LAPID-BENNETT OPTION
The leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid , tries to convince the conservative leader Naftali Bennett (Yamina) to form a broad rotating government. Last night, he announced that he has offered Bennett to be the first to assume the leadership of the coalition. Bennett has only 7 seats (ten less than Lapid and 23 less than Netanyahu) but each of them is worth gold since without Yamina no one can weave coalitions. While it is true that Netanyahu was commissioned to form a government, the keys are held by Bennett . He reiterated today his promise to “do everything possible to avoid new elections.”
Lapid offers Bennett something that any politician dreams of -being prime minister- but he is aware that it is not easy since from the right they warn him with “not to bring down Netanyahu’s government for one of the center-left.” Netanyahu, for his part, needs him to try the miracle of lifting Smotrich’s veto of the Arab party, which is why he has already offered him the best portfolios in the Government and the possibility of entering the leadership of the Likud. His old aspiration obstructed in recent years by his former boss Netanyahu, to be part of the leadership of the main conservative party in Israel, is today less attractive than being the country’s prime minister, taking advantage of the Kafkaesque political situation of the last two years.
Lapid, who like the rest of 119 deputies has been sworn in in the fourth Knesset since 2019, believes that “President Rivlin fulfilled his role and had no alternative, but handing over the mandate to Netanyahu is a stigma that tarnishes Israel.”
Today Netanyahu begins a new phase of his career that began as a deputy in 1988. It is a time trial in which the veteran leader must try to form a government — or at least press so that an alternative one is not formed in case of failure — and at the At the same time face the trial for bribery, fraud, breach of trust . Between them, they take care of state affairs in a coalition that shares, between harsh mutual accusations, with the centrist “Blue and White” party led by Defense Minister Benny Gantz . A year ago and citing the political, social, economic and health crisis, Gantz left Lapid to sign a rotation agreement with Netanyahu.
Gantz, who accuses him of having deceived him, joins the long list of leaders who want him to fail in the task assigned by the president. And Netanyahu, the leader who causes the most applause and criticism in recent decades in Israel, will do everything possible to continue in the position he has held since 2009.
Originally published at https://zaviews.blogspot.com.