After tight race, Netanyahu to lead rightist bloc to center stage for a long haul

Blue-Right party leader Benny Gantz commented on Wednesday, April 10: “The skies are bleak, but this is not yet final.” This comment was a far cry from the joyous victory celebration he celebrated the night before as “Israel’s next prime minister” amid hugs and linked arms with his three partners, Yair Lapid, Moshe Ya’alon and Gaby Ashkenazi.

Blue-White, which tied with Likud at 35 seats apiece, still appeas to believe that the government coalition, for which Binyamin Netanyahu can count on a majority of 65 right-wing and religious support (according to 97.3pc of the vote), will be a flash in the pan. Its leaders are sure of Netanyahu being trampled under the wheels of the three bribery cases pending against him. They are deluding themselves. Netanyahu has stated that his next administration will be long-lasting. He is relying on the law which holds any citizen innocent until ruled guilty by a court of law. Due process in his case still has a way to go. In July, the Attorney General holds a hearing for his defense arguments against indictment.

But can he carry on his onerous duties as prime minister – and possibly also defense minister – while weighed down by a court battle if the cases against him get that far? Netanyahu answered that question implicitly by the campaign he waged against a fierce legal, political, personal and media blitz against him and his family, month after month, at the end of which he was able to expand his Likud’s Knesset representation from 27 to 35 seats. His government will therefore have all the makings of a long-term, stable administration, which together with its coalition partners will have more freedom of maneuver than the outgoing Netanyahu cabinet. 

One of its targets will be the High Court’s role at the head of a judicial system. Likud and its partners hold that the judges encroach too far on government and parliamentary prerogatives. Ayelet Shaked who, as outgoing justice minister, oversaw the introduction of the first conservative judges, will see her work continued by a successor, since the New Right which she founded with Education Minister Naftali Bennett has fallen short of the threshold for entering the Knesset, unless the last 3pc including the uncounted military vote comes to their rescue.

Netanyahu may not be too bothered by his lowered international image as a result of his partnership with right wing and religious elements, since similar trends are prevalent in many other democracies. However, the exact nature of Netanyahu’s fourth consecutive, and fifth overall government will emerge when Likud and its junior partners finish horse trading for portfolios and benefits.

In his victory speech, Netanyahu called the right-wing parties his “natural partners,” but pledged to be “the prime minister of all the citizens of Israel.” He will be encouraged to modify some of his partners’ extreme demands by President Donald Trump, who has shown his support for Netanyahu by the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Golan as sovereign Israeli territory as well as other gestures.

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19 thoughts on “After tight race, Netanyahu to lead rightist bloc to center stage for a long haul

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 12:49 at 12:49
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    Womderful news; Prime Minister Netanyahu has been – and will continue to be – Israel’s best all time leader in the modern era.
    The accusations by the leftists are nothing more than lies by vicious, selfish pretenders. The true leadership and statesmanship belongs to PM Netanyahu, under whom the world is coming to realize that Israel is the power in military might and technology.

    The rise of Israel continues.
    Zion forever!
    🇮🇱

    • Apr 10, 2019 @ 14:36 at 14:36
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      Mr. Grey’s post above says it 100%.

      God Bless Bibi, The State of Israel, President Trump and The United States of America!

      Yes, The rise of Israel continues.
      Zion forever!
      Am Yisroel Chai!

      PS. Hey, Iran we are coming to get you soon. Just Watch…….

    • Apr 10, 2019 @ 17:55 at 17:55
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      The Lion of Judea Benjamin Netanyahu has not only kept his Power but increased the Likud Party Solidarity with the Centrist Coalition become the Longest-Serving Israeli Prime Minister enduring domestic appeal, still seeking a Peace Process with Palestinians and confronting Iran Threats while reaching out to Israel Neighbors to seek a better Middle East. The Message is clear, if anyone wants to work with Israel it through King Bibi Door and Hand Shake!

      • Apr 10, 2019 @ 21:54 at 21:54
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        Ok, the fuuck was administrated and the Liberals backs are hurting.
        But, this is a good thing, one day they will maybe reach to be in power for couple months, and it is important to know what to promise to electors, and how to mask as positive the giving up of the Land.
        Next thing is to see how many state solutions are available and see for the best choice.
        These are:
        a. One state solution (Israel only)
        b. Seven states solution (federation of the districts of Jerusalem, Northern, Haifa, Central, Tel Aviv, Southern, Judea & Samaria)
        c. Fifty two states solution (federation with 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions).

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 12:50 at 12:50
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    The commando sank the generals.

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 13:20 at 13:20
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    What ever happened to the days when the losing party called the winner to congratulate them?

    • Apr 10, 2019 @ 17:21 at 17:21
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      Eh, the erotic life of generals is already so much more complicated, you can not ask for perfection.

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 13:29 at 13:29
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    Like the US DNC and liberal main stream media, they will begin to destroy his presidency immediately, just because they are children who did not get their way. Just watch as Israel faces its own FAKE NEWS,

    Liberals are just such whining babies and cannot be trusted to run so much as a falafel stand,

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 16:03 at 16:03
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    Gantz (The Schwantz) and his three stooges have a great future in Iran.Iran needs great leaders like them

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 17:33 at 17:33
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    It’s scary how the leftist media in Israel is similar to the media in the USA. They will do anything, including lying to achieve their goals. Congrats to Bibi for fighting these people and winning.

    • Apr 10, 2019 @ 17:58 at 17:58
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      The word “Left-Handed” in Latin is Sinister! Still, Good Public Policy is Good Politics and makes Good Government!

      • Apr 10, 2019 @ 21:56 at 21:56
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        Sinister. WOW. I didn’t know that.

        Like Sinister Minster farraKLAN.

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 18:11 at 18:11
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    The only ones truly unhappy with these election’s results are the donkey-brained ayatollas,
    two-legged hamas rats, and the fat rat nasralla…

    • Apr 10, 2019 @ 20:24 at 20:24
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      don’t forget the goats, yeah the goats (if u c wat I mean, ha,ha,ha…)

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 18:52 at 18:52
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    Congrats Bibi, the King of Israel

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 21:51 at 21:51
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    Bad day for Iran, hisboalah ,Hamas, Islamic jihad , moslem brothers, & all the pigs

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 22:06 at 22:06
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    BIBI, BIBI, BIBI, BIBI, BIBI, BIBI!!!!!!

  • Apr 10, 2019 @ 22:21 at 22:21
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    Bibi makes it but now he has to listen to otzmah yehudit and some rabbis, which is very good
    As war should be fought according to halacha only as it is part of our deal to get devine support.
    Wby IDF keeps kosher?!

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