Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that the proposed new coalition government could be “dangerous to the country’s security.” Netanyahu has called on right-wing politicians not to back any deal after extremist nationalist leader Naftali Bennett announced he would hold talks with moderate Yair Lapid.
Lapid will have until Wednesday to form a new coalition government. If he can form a government, it will be the end of Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
Netanyahu is on trial for corruption. Failed to get a final majority in the general election held last March. It was the fourth election in the country in the last two years where he failed to find allies to form an alliance.
On Sunday, Netanyahu, 61, has ruled the country for 12 years and has controlled Israeli politics for a generation. However, he did not say anything in detail about this.
Netanyahu has accused Bennett of “misleading the people” and committing “the greatest fraud of the century.”
Earlier, in a televised speech, Bennett, 49, announced that his party would take part in talks to form an alliance.
‘Netanyahu is not trying to form a right-wing party because he knows full well that this is not possible. He wants to get the whole nation, the whole country to strengthen his own personal position, “said Bennett.
Prior to the announcement, Israeli media had reported that Bennett would replace Netanyahu as prime minister, leaving 57-year-old Lapid to run for prime minister. . However, no such agreement has been formally signed yet.
The proposed coalition government will include right-wing, left-wing and moderate Israeli politics. Although there is no political consensus among these parties, they agree to oust Netanyahu.
Lapid, a former finance minister, has been given until June 2 to form a new government after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government.
His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about a third of the support. In first place was Netanyahu’s right-wing party, the Likud Party.
Bennett’s party won eight key seats in the 120-seat parliament, which gave him a definite majority in the proposed coalition.
On Saturday night, Netanyahu’s Likud party offered to form an alliance with Bennett and another potential coalition leader. So that all three can become the Prime Minister in turn.
However, the leaders did not accept his offer. He made the same offer on Sunday. According to Israel’s electoral system, it is not possible for a single party to win the required number of seats to form a government on its own, provided there are conditions for proportional representation. Smaller parties are also needed to form a coalition government.
Lapid was initially given 28 days to form a government. But the time has come to a halt due to the recent 11 days of violence in Gaza.
Due to the violence, the party’s potential ally, the Arab Islamist Ram Party, has backed down. Clashes between mixed Arab and Jewish residents have also been reported in Israeli cities.