The Israeli Opposition, One Step Away From Ousting Benjamin Netanyahu From Power
The calm with which Benjamin Netanyahu received the head of Egypt’s intelligence service, Abbas Kamel, on Sunday to shore up the fragile truce with the Islamist group Hamas contrasted with the anger and anguish seen in his latest videos, pleading with the Israeli conservative Naftali Bennett not to agree with the centrist leader Yair Lapid a coalition of center and left parties.
However, it has been of no use, as Bennett announced this Sunday that he was willing to cross the Rubicon, despite strong opposition on the right and especially from the Likud. The agreement will make him — despite having only six seats in favor of his party — prime minister in the next two years, and then take over from Lapid. To avoid this, Netanyahu stepped up his pressure and offered Bennett and another Conservative leader, Gideon Saar, a triple rotation at the Head of Government.
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“The political crisis in Israel is unprecedented worldwide. We can go to fifth, sixth and tenth elections and dismantle the walls of the State until our house falls on us or we can take responsibility and stop the madness,” Bennett said in an expected television intervention, accusing his former boss Netanyahu of “spreading hatred” and lying when he says he has a chance to form a conservative coalition. “No one believes anymore that he will keep his promises. Mr. Netanyahu is not trying to form a right-wing government but to drag the whole country into his private mass.”
“For this reason, today I announce my intention to act with all my strength to form a Government of national unity with my friend Yair Lapid, who has shown great leadership so that together we can bring the country out of vertigo,” added Bennett solemnly, who minutes later he was branded by Netanyahu as the author of the “scam of the century”, alluding to the breaking of his electoral promise not to agree with Lapid. “Bennett has no values. He received the votes from the right and now gives them to the left . He is only interested in being prime minister,” accused an upset and indignant Netanyahu who asked the deputies of Bennett’s party to avoid him.
Lapid, who has until midnight on Wednesday to form a government, hopes to complete his mission and oust Netanyahu from power after 12 years in a row. It was never so close.
Coinciding with the political upheaval, Gabi Ashkenazi traveled to Cairo this morning on the first official visit of an Israeli Foreign Minister to the Egyptian capital since 2008. Meanwhile, Abbas Kamel’s plane made the opposite route to initiate a round of contacts in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza. The objective of both flights is to shore up the truce on the ground between Israel and Hamas that, since its inception at 02:00 on Friday, May 21, they respect under a “reciprocal and unconditional” basis so fragile that it can be broken with a simple Explosive balloon launched from Gaza against southern Israel.
The worst escalation since 2014 and especially the subsequent truce have reinforced Egypt’s mediating role and the cooperation of its president Abdelfatah al Sisi with Israel. As an ‘extra’ prize, the Egyptian rais has received the key to access the main door of the White House that he believed closed with the tenant change on January 20.
Ashkenazi and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, addressed the Roadmap for the ceasefire and reconstruction of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave after 11 days of bombing. Israel, Egypt and the US want an international mechanism and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) chaired by Abu Mazen to channel aid to Gaza, while Hamas clarified to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken , in his recent visit that “it does not get involved in how we solve internal problems. “
Before meeting Abu Mazen this afternoon and traveling to Gaza tomorrow, Kamel held a meeting with the Israeli prime minister to ensure that the fire does not reignite. “One of the issues they discussed was the mechanisms to prevent Hamas from rearming itself and taking over the resources sent to the civilian population,” according to Netanyahu’s Cabinet .
After pledging $ 500 million in aid to Gaza, Q atar says he has no objection to Hamas continuing to monitor the aid , as it has in recent years. “What is important to us is to obtain the desired result. We do not waste time or worry about changing the money transfer mechanism,” said Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.. The emirate financially helps those most in need in Gaza and the Hamas regime while hosting its leadership in Doha. Although Iran is the great political, armed and economic umbrella of the Gaza militias, including the military duel against their common enemy, as can be seen from the information from media related to the Lebanese group Hezbollah and from the statements of spokesmen for Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Israel conditions the large-scale reconstruction of Gaza on Hamas not rearming itself and on the handover of Avera Mengistu and Hisham Sayed , two mentally ill Israeli civilians who arrived in Gaza by mistake and of their own free will, and the corpses of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul , killed in the 2014 war. Hamas demands an exchange of Palestinian prisoners, disconnecting it from the truce.
Beyond the 254 dead, including 66 children, and 1,900 wounded, Gaza has suffered the partial or complete destruction of thousands of houses . While Gazans have filled their beach in recent days, savoring the calm after the most intense Israeli air offensive in memory, the armed wing of Hamas holds parades in the streets displaying projectiles and militiamen. After two weeks in a bunker, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar appeared at various public events challenging Israel to fulfill its promise to end him (“dying as a martyr would be the best gift”).
Since its projectiles against Jerusalem on May 10, starting the escalation, Hamas warns that the formula has changed and that it will respond to what happens in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood (evacuation plan for several Palestinian families according to a court ruling) and the Al Aqsa Mosque. “All parties understood that this campaign was created by Jerusalem,” proclaims Islamist leader Ismail Haniyah in a message reinforced a few days ago by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Israel, where 12 people died, including two children, and 400 were injured, warned that Sinwar and the leader of the armed wing, Mohamed Deif, remain “legitimate targets” of their missiles. The leader of Jihad, Ziad Najaleh , warns: “We warn the enemy. To any attack against our fighters and officers, we will react directly with a bombardment of your capital Tel Aviv.”
Originally published at https://zaviews.blogspot.com.