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Israeli far-right leader Gamina Naftali Bennett will support the opposition’s proposal to form a government in which Benjamin Netanyahu will no longer be prime minister after twelve years. He immediately accused his former ally Bennett of betraying the Israeli right.
Opposition leader Jair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, is now trying to form a coalition government. President Reuven Rivlin assigned him this task when he failed to form a governing coalition, Netanyahu, after the March elections.
Lapid has time to reach an agreement by Wednesday, June 2.
“I announce today that I intend to work seriously to form a unity government with Jair Lapid, head of the Yes Atid party,” Bennett said in a televised statement. The party leader added, according to the BBC, “There will either be a fifth election or a unity government,” which is essential for forming a new coalition government.
To form a government, these parties need the votes of other political groups, including at least the tacit support of the Arab Israeli Party. Reuters reported that Bennett’s decision allows Lapid to form a coalition government of right, left and left parties.
In a televised speech to Netanyahu, he accused his former ally Bennett of betraying the Israeli right and called on nationalist politicians not to join the left-wing government. The prime minister said, “Such a government is a danger to the security of Israel and a danger to the future of the state.” According to him, the formation of a right-wing government is still possible.
The Associated Press said that under the agreement, Bennett and Lapid are expected to serve as prime minister, and both lead the country for two years. Bennett will be the first to lead the Israeli government. If Lapid does not succeed in forming the government, parliament will have 21 days to choose the prime minister from among its members. If members fail to do so, new elections must be held. This will be the fifth parliamentary elections in Israel in two and a half years.