It’s Not a Done Deal Yet, but Israel Hasn’t Been This Close to Replacing Netanyahu Since 2009

The decision of five Yamina lawmakers to back leader Naftali Bennett’s likely decision to sit in an anti-Netanyahu government leaves the prime minister with precious few options of clinging to power

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

When this long saga in Israeli politics is finally over, the term “crossing the Rubicon” will have to be retired for good. However, since events are still in full swing, we can now say that Naftali Bennett is finally on the bridge.

It took him a hell of a long time to get there and three weeks ago, when the rockets began to fly from Gaza, it looked like there was no chance of him arriving. But following the meeting in Ra’anana on Sunday afternoon with five other lawmakers from his Yamina party, in which they agreed to support a coalition government together with Yair Lapid and most of the opposition parties, Bennett is out there in the open, exposed, like a released spy about to cross over Glienicke Bridge in a Cold War prisoner exchange. Will he make it to the other side?

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