Yamina’s leader, Conservative Naftali Bennett, said Thursday that he had “removed” his support for a “change of government” made up of opposition parties because he “could not cope with the mixed-city problems” for which he did so agreed to renew negotiations on an intergovernmental agreement with the Likud party of the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bennet has met with members of his formation and Likud to resume talks after ruling out a government deal with Yesh Atid’s chief Yair Lapid, who would replace Netanyahu, whom he has already notified of the decision.
Yamina’s boss, with the support of the United Mans List, led by Mansur Abbas, had advanced negotiations to form a power-sharing government with Lapid, but Bennett’s position has changed with the escalation of the Israeli conflict with Gaza, and particularly with the recent clashes in the mixed Arab-Israeli cities in the country.
“When there is a wave of pogroms by Arabs across the country and when the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) forces have to be involved, this is an event that changes reality (…). The change of government that was The Establishment not be able to deal with it, “Bennett said in private conversations, as reported by The Times of Israel.
It was also stressed that the security situation was the top priority and that it was working to create a “government with broad national unity”.
For his part, Lapid has responded to Bennett’s decision and ensured that he will continue his efforts. “Bennett is wrong, I will keep turning every stone to form a government (…). Changes will not be made when it is convenient, but when the way is right. I will continue to work on forming a government , and, if necessary, we will go to more elections and win, “he added.
Abbas, on the other hand, has assured Channel 12 that he is not ruling out support for direct elections and that the party would consider such a proposal if it contained an agreement that would benefit the Arab public. Holding direct elections is Netanyahu’s option to break the political stalemate and strengthen his power.
The violent clashes between Arabs and Israelis in various cities with protests, lynchings and riots continue for another day.
In the course of these incidents, the Israeli police arrested around 120 people in Tel Aviv, Beersheba and Musmus, among others, where the police used “means to disseminate disturbances” in some cases.
In the city of Lod, which has been hardest hit by the clashes, new attacks between Arabs and Jews that destroyed property and business fires were reported, as well as at least three shootings, according to The Jerusalem Post. .
In this state of emergency a young man has been shot dead in the past few hours while a Jew was stabbed to death near a mosque.
According to the Palestinian agency WAFA, hooded Jews dressed in black also burned a Palestinian shop in Lod.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced on Thursday evening that the declaration of the civil emergency in Lod will be extended for a further 48 hours to allow the deployment of rescue workers under the command of the police, to allow better access to the necessary equipment and to restrict movement of Residents.
In Jaffa near Tel Aviv, however, a 19-year-old IDF soldier was seriously injured after being attacked by rioters. He was then treated by the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
In this context, Israeli police chief Kobi Shabtai told Netanyahu that right-wing MP Itamar Ben Gvir was responsible for the current unrest between Arabs and Jews, Channel 12 reports.
Shabtai has said that Zionist Religious Party’s Ben Gvir appears to light the flames when police appear to be controlling an area. “The person responsible for this intifada is Itamar Ben Gvir,” he added.
“It started with the Lehava protest at the Damascus Gate (…). It continued with provocations in Sheikh Kharrá, and now it is moving with the activists of Lehava – a right-wing extremist Israeli organization -” said the chief of the police officer.