The leaders of the nationalist religious movement Yamina and the Yesh Atid Center Party, Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, after several days of tension and change of opinion, have reached a principle of agreement for a coalition government that would mean the ousting of the Prime Minister’s power of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, according to sources on channel 12 of Israeli television.
Under the agreement, Bennett would serve as Prime Minister until September 2023, followed by Lapid, who would take office until November 2025. Sources even suggest that the ceremony could take place on June 7th or 8th and that the government could not announce it until this evening at the earliest.
“I intend to have talks and efforts to form a government that we both lead,” Bennett told Lapid on Friday, according to Channel 12, whose sources confirmed that despite the uncompromising nature of the message, an agreement had been reached.
Yamina’s boss, with the support of the United Arab List led by Mansur Abbas, had negotiated with Lapid to form a power-sharing government mid-month, but Bennett’s position changed with the escalation of the Israeli conflict with Gaza, and particularly recent clashes in the mixed Arab – Israeli cities in the country.
This was recalled by Netanyahu himself in a video released this Friday announcing that Bennett had rejected a “sweeping” deal before accusing him of “fling to a left government” with central Yesh Atid be. “Either their initial rejection of the change of government was a spectacle or they have no principles,” lamented the Prime Minister.
The broadcaster noted, however, that Yaminas No. 2 Ayelet Shaked could still torpedo the deal, fearing right-wing backlash from voters who prefer a government led by the conservative Netanyahu than one backed by centrist Lapid and is eventually led.
Neither party officially decided on Channel 12’s intelligence a few days before the negotiation deadline, the failure of which would lead the country to the fifth election in two years.
Netanyahu has been in power since 2009 but has not received enough support or partners to form a new government and his political future has been hampered by three criminal charges.