The opposition alliance to form a government remains four seats from the necessary majority and the shadow of the elections reappears
After obtaining the support of the ultra-conservative politician Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid works against the clock to obtain the four deputies that are missing to reach the 61 that will allow him to form the ‘Government of change’ in Israel. The triumphalist tone of Sunday night became moderate on Monday and Lapid, leader of Yesh Atid, who has until midnight tomorrow to unseat Benyamin Netanyahu, told the media that “there are still many obstacles. This may be our first test. We’ll see if we can find smart compromises for our important goal. ”
That goal is none other than ending the Likud era, a mission that has united the centrist Yesh Atid and Azul y Blanco parties with the radical right of Yamina, the less radical of Israel Beitenu and Nueva Esperanza, and the formations of left Avoda and Meretz. All together there are 57 seats, for which they need the support, or at least the abstention, of the Arab parties that, so far, have not been officially positioned. For this reason, the agreement that Bennett will assume the Executive during the first two years remains in limbo, and then he will hand over the place to Lapid, as the local media have revealed.
Bennet and Lapid have until midnight tomorrow to reap the support they need for their new Executive
“Nothing is done until it is done, although they [Lapid and Bennett] are in a better position, Bibi [Netanyahu’s nickname] is always one step ahead, he has not yet left,” warned Jonathan Rynhold, science professor on Monday Policies of Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv.
Threats of death
Conservative Israeli media such as the daily ‘Maariv’ see a Netanyahu “more cornered than ever.” In his editorial he notes that “Bennett suddenly appears as the new prime minister to make Netanyahu head of the opposition.”
The sudden change in strategy of the 49-year-old politician, who was the leader of the council of settlers and advocates the annexation of the West Bank, is harshly criticized by ultra-Orthodox parties and some of his own voters. His decision to turn his back on Netanyahu to make pacts with center and left formations has resulted in death threats of such a caliber that his level of security has had to be raised to grade five, the second highest threat in Israel and they have been reinforced the measures to guarantee his protection and that of his ‘number two’, Ayelet Shaked.
A multi-colored government led by Bennet threatens the Netanyahu era
If Lapid fails to form a government, the president, Reuven Rivlin, will give the mandate to Parliament and a period of 21 days will be opened for any deputy to try to achieve the 61 necessary seats granted by the majority. In case no one succeeds, Israel will have to go to the polls for the fifth time in the last two years with what Netanyahu, in power since 2009 and who was also prime minister from 1996 to 1999, would once again have a new opportunity to that voters had the last word on their future.
Tried for “corruption” in three cases, he is the first Israeli head of government to face criminal proceedings during his tenure. And these lawsuits could affect you if you lose your statutory immunity.
This situation of political uncertainty coincides with the open negotiations with Hamas to try to consolidate the ceasefire in Gaza after the last offensive. Following his meeting with Netanyahu on Sunday, Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s intelligence chief, also met with Yahia Sinwar, the leader of the Islamist group in the strip. It is the first visit by a Cairo intelligence chief to Gaza since 2000 and represents a change in strategy in the policy of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, a great enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The technology front
CAROLINE CONEJERO | New York
Tech professionals have increased pressure on industry giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple to force them to reconsider their close ties with Israel in the aftermath of the offensive on the Gaza Strip. It comes amid a growing trend towards the militarization of the US tech industry and growing unrest over the recent attacks and the attitude of Benyamin Netanyahu, which even broke the patience of President Joe Biden when weeks ago he tried to seal a high fire.
The voice of the Arab community in the United States, although still modest, is beginning to make itself heard and since the bombings in Gaza there have been protests in favor of the Palestinians outside the UN headquarters in New York and other cities. This weekend more than a thousand people demonstrated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to call for an end to US aid to Israel. The demonstrations underscore the change that is taking place in American public opinion.
The campaign on tech corporations began with letters to shareholders and executives of Amazon and Google. A tactic that has already paid off in the past, like when Google employees got the cancellation of an artificial intelligence contract with the Pentagon. Microsoft also got rid of the Israeli firm AnyVision due to pressure from its professionals.
The growing tension within the ‘whale’ of technology has teamed up with outside activists to devise efficient agitation strategies. Its purpose is to generate a pressure movement and capitalize on the political polarization in Washington over the position before Israel. A break in the traditional line with a turn by the Democrats towards a tougher position against the Netanyahu government.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Israel