For many people, having Netanyahu out of power was a relief. In fact, there were those who worried that (like Trump) Netanyahu would refuse to relinquish power even though he was defeated in a national election. But, Netanhahu’s replacement (at least for the time being), Bennett, is not much better.
According to Sarah Kenzior at Gaslight Nation (an essential podcast):
- Netanyahu’s replacement, Bennett, is “incredibly dangerous in his own right.” Naftali Bennett is an ultranationalist, has represented the violent Jewish settlement movement, has bragged openly about killing Arab people, opposes any Palestinian state within Israel, and has recently criticized Netanyahu for not boing violent enough with Gaza.
- Bennett is only one leader among the coalition of leaders taking over from Netanyahu, but he is among the most conservative. His position as Prime Minister is supposed to be temporary and he is supposed to step down after a certain period of time to be replaced by one of the other members of the coalition.
- The new coalition government is made up of eight parties who have agreed to “hold off on major decisions surrounding controversial issues, like the future of the occupied West Bank.”
- “Over the last 12 years, he (Netanyahu) has used his time in office to allow the growth of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, frustrated Palestinian aspirations for statehood and aligned Israel with right-wing leaders internationally.”
- “…the former prime minister also faces corruption charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust — allegations Netanyahu denies. A trial is already underway.”
- Bennett is Netanyahu’s former chief of staff.
- He is to serve two years before handing off to Lapid for the second half of a 4-year term. Lapid holds more than double the seats of the “centrist” Yesh Atid party led by Bennett, but an agreement was made to allow Bennett to take the first term to “maintain political solidarity.” I have no idea what that means.
- This coalition includes a party representing Arab citizens.
- Netanyahu called the coalition “…the scam of the century.”
In a speech shortly after handing over power, Netanyahu said: “We’ll be back – and faster than you think.” (NPR)