Netanyahu’s challenge to the legality of a rival prime minister’s bid is rejected

Jerusalem-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-minute court battle to prevent bids by rivals leading the new government was rejected on Tuesday.

Former Defense Minister Naftali Bennett of Netanyahu announced on Sunday that he would join a proposed alliance with opposition leader Yair Lapid and become the first prime minister under a rotation contract.

President Reuven Rivlin has given Rapid the task of establishing a new government after Netanyahu’s failure as a result of the March 23 general election.

Rapid, Bennett, and other leaders have been convened to conclude a coalition agreement in an attempt to meet deadlines, sources said.

Netanyahu’s conservative Likud said in a letter to the president and parliamentary legal counsel that Rapid was not authorized to give Bennett the post of prime minister.

However, Likud’s office replied that Likud’s allegations had no legal merit, as Rapid swore as “alternative prime minister” and served as prime minister as part of the rotation.

It not only announced that Rapid had signed a coalition agreement with the president, but also accepted Likud’s claim that it must provide full details of the new government.

Israeli Middle Opposition Leader Yair Lapid
Israeli middle-ranking opposition leader Yair Lapid issues a statement to reporters in Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel, on May 31, 2021. (Via Debbie Hill / POOL / AFP, Getty Images)

Lapid-Bennett’s power share may include other politicians from other political parties. Israeli media speculates that parliamentary support can also be obtained from political parties that collect votes from Israeli minority Arabs.

This has led Netanyahu to blame Israel for endangering Benjamin, who is fighting last month’s Gaza conflict, the peace process with Palestine, and the internal conflict over Iran.

Divided country

71-year-old Netanyahu is the dominant politician of his generation. He was first elected prime minister in 1996, regained power in 2009, and has been at the top for more than a decade. However, he also faces corruption trials such as bribery, fraud, and back office, denying allegations.

An attempt to discredit former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by Israeli nationalists who opposed his peace talks in 1995 when Bennett’s Photoshop photos with Arab necklaces spread on social media. Prompted for comparison with.

According to Israeli security sources, Bennett had received parliamentary bodyguards on the recommendation of the Simvet National Intelligence Agency, because of the “incitement atmosphere” against them.

Rapid and Bennett said they wanted to cross the political division and bring together the Israelites to end their hatred-filled political discourse.

“Divided and violent nations cannot deal with Iran and the economy. Leadership that inspires each other undermines our ability to deal with the challenges we face,” Rapid said. It was.