No Palestinian State or Political Wake-up Call.
Are we witnessing the first cracks in the rotating Prime Ministership after Yaminas Ayelet Shaked announced on Sunday that any move to create a Palestinian State during Yair Lapid’s tenure as Israel Prime Minister would lead to Yamina quitting the current government?
It begs the question why now when Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has some two years before he hands over the reins of power to Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid.
The answer may be found in the harsh reality of power politics. Bennett and co will most likely find themselves quickly emasculated by the center-left and its cadres under a Lapid lead government. Which at the end of four years may leave Yamina, New Hope, and Yisrael Beiteinu staring into the political abyss as the Israeli voter takes its revenge on Bennetts betrayal of its core supporters when Yamina broke its campaign promises to not join in a government lead by Yair Lapid nor one supported by the Arab parties.
Bennett and his gang may well have realized that pre-empting an election in two years rather than wait for the current government swing to the left with all its Woke baggage in tow could prove a lifeline to their political survival, and let’s face it, Naftali Bennett would no longer have the trappings of National leadership he so craves even at the expense of his diminishing integrity.
Preempting an early election under the guise of rejecting a Palestinian State at the very heart of the Jewish Homeland could well prove to be a winner with the majority of Israelis. The alternative wait for Lapids ax to fall.