Three main conclusions arise from the tie vote in the Knesset Tuesday morning that thwarted the renewal of a temporary amendment to the citizenship law and dealt a searing defeat to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his partner, Ayelet Shaked.
First, the Bennett-Lapid coalition is stronger and more unified than we thought. Second, the rightist opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu is more irresponsible, cynical and reckless than we thought. Third, the fruitful cooperation between Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Arabs’ Joint List – which peaked when their voices mingled in cries of joy after the vote – will make it easier for Bennett to reach agreements with the latter party in the future. For instance, on the state budget.