Israeli opposition leaders have agreed to form a government that could end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year reign as prime minister of the Jewish state.
The AllianceFar-left Meritz party center-left player Yesh Atid – who broke an agreement on Wednesday just days after the talks – spreads political racism.
The so-called changed government will be backed by RAM, an Islamist party that has been playing the role of a tiebreaker after four elections in two years, failing to give clear results. This is the second time in Israel’s history that any Arab party has played a role in a Zionist government, and the first time it has officially joined a coalition.
This separate faction aims at a common goal: Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Netanyahu, is currently out of office on corruption charges. Netanyahu has denied all allegations.
“This government will work with all citizens of Israel who are not its members, respect those who oppose it, and do everything in its power to unite all sections of Israeli society,” leader Yair Lapid Yash Atid wrote in a letter to the president.
Lawyers will now vote on the government in about 10 days. Analysts have warned that a slim majority coalition in 61 of the 120 seats could still fail to get enough votes. If they fail, Israel will face a fifth election in just two years.
If it passes, billionaire Naftali Bennett, a technologist who is more right-wing than Netanyahu and controls only six seats in the 120-member Knesset, is set to become the next prime minister.
49, Bennett Netanyahu’s former protg য who served as his chief of staff and then defense minister. He is ideologically opposed to the formation of a Palestinian state and has not previously clashed with Netanyahu. Hamas is getting stronger, The militant group that controls the Gaza Strip.
He has lobbied for Israeli-occupied West Bank partnerships and expanded Jewish settlements that most international communities consider illegal.
He will resign in two years, and will be replaced by former television presenter Lapid, who is run by the Middle East-centric Yesh Atid.
Bennett’s party, Yamina, faced discussions over control of a panel of judges. His political partner, Islet Shaked, has vowed to continue his “legal revolution” aimed at reducing the Supreme Court’s influence and will rotate a seat on the Judicial Appointments Committee with Labor Party leader Merav Michelle.
Ram’s support is conditional on more money for police, a hospital and other civic amenities for Israel’s Muslim minority. Israeli media have reported that Raam leader Mansour Abbas has called for a change in the law, which mandates jail time for violating permits, according to human rights groups.