Naftali Bennett, Israeli prime minister candidate who says ‘there was never a Palestinian state’ – Israel’s opposition parties have reached an agreement to form a new government that will make right-wing politician Naftali Bennett prime minister. The deal would also practically end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.
Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid Party, announced a coalition of eight factions had been formed. One of these factions is the Raam Party which carries the interests of the Arab Muslim community. Media in Israel featured a photo of Lapid, Bennett, and Mansour Abbas as the leader of the Raam Party, signing a coalition agreement that many thought was impossible.
In his statement, Abbas said: “This decision is difficult and there is some debate but it is important to reach an agreement.” According to him, “there are many things in this agreement made for the benefit of Arab society”.
Naftali Bennett, Israeli Prime Minister Candidate Who Says ‘There Was Never A Palestinian State’
Meanwhile, Lapid, in his letter to President Reuven Rivlin, said he would head the new Israeli government with Bennett. Lapid also said he would become Israel’s prime minister replacing Bennett on August 27, 2023.
However, before the new government is sworn in, all 120 members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, must vote. If the coalition fails to win a majority, there is a risk that Israelis will have to contest elections for the fifth time in two years.
Netanyahu’s Likud party actually won a majority of seats in the March election, but Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition after being given a mandate. Responding to the formation of a new governing coalition formed by Lapid, he called the coalition the “deception of the century” that would endanger the state and people of Israel.
Naftali Bennett has long harbored ambitions of becoming Israel’s prime minister. But unexpectedly, the opportunity finally came even though the party he formed, Yamina, only won seven seats in the last general election. Bennett emerged as a strong candidate for prime minister after accepting an offer to form a coalition with opposition figure, Yair Lapid, as well as ousting Benjamin Netanyahu from power for 12 years.
In fact, the 49-year-old man used to be predicted as a student of Netanyahu’s education. In fact, Bennett was Netanyahu’s chief of staff from 2006 to 2008 until relations between the two cracked. Bennett left Netanyahu’s Likud party and joined the far-right Jewish Home party. Together with the religious party, he became a member of parliament after his success in the 2013 election.
Bennett went on to serve as economy minister and education minister in every coalition government until 2019, when his New Right alliance failed to win a seat in that year’s election. However, 11 months later, Bennett was able to return to parliament as chairman of the Yamina Party. In Hebrew, Yamina means ‘right direction’.
Bennet’s political career began after his name was raised through the military service and the business world. Retired as a member of the Israeli Army’s special forces, Bennet does business by creating and selling hi-tech companies. This effort made him a billionaire status.
In the world of politics, Bennett is often labeled an ultra-nationalist. In fact, he calls himself more right-wing than Netanyahu.