Israel Election: Naftali Bennett Needs Someone to Hold His Hand

Bennett still wants to form a governing coalition with Yair Lapid. The question is whether enough members of his own party will be there with him

Anshel Pfeffer
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Drivers whizzing down the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway Sunday afternoon couldn’t tell for sure which political camp, let alone party, a small group of demonstrators by the side of the road belonged to. They were waving Israeli flags and holding signs demanding “a government now!”

Who were they there for? Probably not Benjamin Netanyahu, who claims to want to form a government but for nearly two months since the election, when it became nearly certain he wouldn’t have a majority to form a coalition, has settled into his default mode of the last two and a half years. He’s stringing together stalemated election campaigns, which, while denying Israel a functioning government, have allowed him to remain caretaker prime minister.

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