The experience of leaving the prime minister’s residence on Belfort Street in Jerusalem is not new to the Netanyahu family. Simply put, we literally had to stand on the street with our clothes and belongings. That’s a terrible thing. In the 1999 elections, the Likud party won 19 seats in parliament, six less than the Ehud Barak-led Labor Party.
The left-wing Merets, the center-right Hamerkaj Party and several far-right parties formed the government that year. That alliance lasted less than two years. What can we learn from the short-lived government of Ehud Barak in 1999 about the future of the newly formed government of Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Yamina Party, and Yair Lapid, the leader of the Yes Atid Party?
The big question is how long the coalition government will last, ranging from parties committed to Jewish settlements in Palestine to parties such as the Merets Party, whose leaders do not recognize illegal settlements and boycott products produced in the area. Can Merav Misali, a Labor women’s rights activist who is the chairman of the Labor Party, be able to reconcile with the conservative Home Minister Ailet Shakespeare, who has taken a stand against his ideology?
He has to play with this. Prime Minister Bennett’s party, the Yamina Party, won just six seats in the 120-seat parliament. Bennett of the new government and other right-wing leaders now have to merge with the leaders of the coalition Labor Party, the Merets Party and the United Arab List just to remove Netanyahu from the Likud party.
The reason behind their unification, apart from ideological differences, is that they all dislike Netanyahu’s personality and want a fair investigation into allegations of corruption against him. The main anger of the leaders of the new government’s center-right allied parties is towards Netanyahu.
Netanyahu has vowed to continue the war against his successor Bennett. Talpitalpa even shouted when he went to the opposition seat. Remember, Netanyahu in 2021 is not the young Prime Minister Netanyahu 22 years ago. Now he is very veteran and now he has the support of hot-headed right-wingers.