Netanyahu fights to stay in power last weekend as Israeli prime minister
Instead of saying there had been wrong votes or systemic fraud, the party posted on Twitter that “Bennett hijacked the votes from the right and shifted them to the left in direct contradiction to his [campaign] pledges. If it isn’t fraud, we don’t know what it is. ”
In a Twitter thread shared by Netanyahu, Likud said there would be a peaceful transition of power to a new government. “There has always been a peaceful transfer of power in Israel and always will be,” Likud wrote. The party has blamed other anonymous people for what it claims to be the way Netanyahu’s words have been “twisted”.
In the 120-seat Israeli Knesset, Bennett has a very slim majority of 61 seats.
Netanyahu and his allies have worked to pressure politicians from the right-wing Yamina and New Hope parties to vote against Bennett’s new government in a crucial vote of confidence scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
If Bennett loses the vote, his efforts to oust the man he once worked for will have failed, likely sending Israel to its fifth election in two and a half years. But failure would leave Netanyahu as interim prime minister, a title he held during much of the recent political turmoil in Israel.
Bennett stepped up his support for his coalition when a member of his own Yamina party, seen as one of the most likely to defect and scuttle the fledgling government, pledged his support on Tuesday.
Bennett on Sunday urged Israel’s longtime leader to support an orderly transition of power and not leave the “scorched earth” behind.
“It is not a catastrophe, it is not a catastrophe. It is a change of government. An ordinary and customary event in any democratic country,” Bennett said at a press conference Sunday night in Parliament. of 120 seats, known as the Knesset. . “The system of the State of Israel is not monarchical. No one has a monopoly on power.
Netanyahu has yet to publicly concede defeat to his former chief of staff, fully aware of the opportunities he still has to find loopholes and cracks in Bennett’s government to exploit. The coalition is expected to be the most diverse in Israel’s history, comprising right-wing, left-wing and Arab parties.
But the alliance of eight different parties, each with their own disparate interests, may have little common ground in keeping it together, other than its desire to remove Netanyahu from office.
The unity of the Bennett government will face its first major test on Sunday afternoon, when the Knesset meets to debate coalition priorities and policies ahead of the oath vote. The debate is expected to last a few hours, during which Netanyahu and his allies will try to find pressure points to push one party away from another. Only then will the speaker of the Knesset, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud, call the vote of confidence.
It will be a critical moment, which will not only decide who will be the leader of the country, but also reveal whether Netanyahu, long regarded as the “magician” of Israeli politics, has one more turn to play.