The rupture of the government alliance between the Likud of the Israeli prime minister and Blue and White, of Benny Gantz, ends the dream of stability
While the Minister of Health, Yuli Edelstein, alerted the population that Israel is facing “the third wave of coronavirus” and anticipated that a new national confinement “is inevitable”, the parliament lived a new day of fighting against the clock to treat to avoid a new election. Divergences over the budget have broken the fragile coalition that Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz formed in April and the country is due to return to the polls on March 23. They will be the fourth elections in less than two years and will represent a new plebiscite on a Netanyahu who, despite his corruption scandals, remains the favorite.
Budgets are the apparent reason for the breakdown, but the divide runs much deeper. The agreement between Likud and the Blue and White coalition included a rotating head of government for which Netanyahu had to cede his position to Gantz in November and stipulated a single budget for two years [2020 and 2021], but the Likud proposed voting on two different budgets and his partner did not accept. Some local analysts interpret this move as a Netanyahu strategy to avoid having to give up the prime minister’s seat to his rival.
In the middle of the pandemic
Despite the fact that the two leaders formed the coalition with “the fight against the coronavirus” as a priority objective, in the end they have shown that their personal interests have been above the serious situation that the country suffers due to the pandemic. Israel has just started the mass vaccination campaign, it has closed its skies to prevent the entry of the new strain of the virus and its bars and restaurants have been closed since September 18.
The new electoral scenario presents a new panorama in which, according to the polls, Azul y Blanco, the most voted coalition in April, almost disappeared from the scene, which puts an end to the brief political adventure of the former head of the Army, Gantz . In its place, the ‘New Hope’ party of former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar breaks in. Once again the history of the transience of political formations is repeated in an Israeli system in which Netanyahu has shown that he knows how to move like nobody else has done before.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel