The holiday is over, the tangle remains • The magic formula for resolving the political entanglement has not yet been found, but in the bloc of Netanyahu's opponents the race to gather recommendations has already begun • Lapid meets separately with Abbas and Gantz • Sources in "New Hope": It will not work "
In the bloc blocking Netanyahu, they decided to work hard to form a government.
Over the weekend, Avigdor Lieberman announced that he would recommend Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid to the president as his candidate for the cabinet. Lapid himself met with Mansour Abbas, and last night a meeting was also held between Lapid and Ganz - after a long time the two did not meet due to bad blood. Since the dissolution of blue and white in the previous elections.
At the end of their meeting, the parties stated that they "discussed the ways to form a government and replace Netanyahu."
It was further reported that the two are expected to continue the talks between them over the next few days.
Later this week, Lapid is also expected to meet with representatives of the joint list.
On the other hand, Bennett and Saar also met and talked twice over the weekend, and at the same time Bennett held talks with the heads of the various parties.
Several ideas came up in the meetings, but in each of them lies a breach of election promise.
In the possible scenarios, there was a possibility of a rotation between Bennett and Lapid in a government in which Gideon Saar, Bnei Gantz, Lieberman and Labor also share, with outside support from Meretz and the joint venture.
But in such a case, Bennett will be forced to violate an election promise not to lean on the joint, not to sit with Abtissam Maraan from the Labor Party or Meretz, and later, in the event of a rotation, also a promise not to sit under a torch.
The boycott bloc hopes that the formation of any government, even a particularly narrow 52-vote one, that will move Netanyahu out of the prime minister's chair, will lead to further developments in which there will be additional members such as the ultra-Orthodox parties or religious Zionism led by Bezalel Smutrich, a possibility that also seems detached from reality.
Sources in New Hope said that "Lapid is trying to force a minority government on us with the joint list. It will not work. Too bad for his efforts. The goal should be a unity government."
In any case, there is still the possibility of personal legislation against the prime minister on the table, through a law that prohibits a prime minister from serving an indictment - a law that is opposed by the right and therefore its chances of passing seem slim.
But even in the bloc that supports Netanyahu, things are at a dead end.
The Likud is looking for defectors in right-wing parties, but without success so far.
The possibility of relying on Bennett and Mansour Abbas also seems slim, given the fact that Bennett does not seem interested in joining the Likud and also because the Likud's election guarantee is not to lean on Abbas.
As you may recall, Smutrich also strongly opposes such a move.
Most of the pressure will be directed at Gideon Saar in the coming days.
Likud sources told Israel Today that "we are unable to understand Saar. There is a rare opportunity here to form a stable right-wing national government as we have always hoped - with the Likud, Saar, Bennett, religious Zionism and the ultra-Orthodox. Gideon Saar is right, his whole group is "Former Likud members, members of the national right, he must stop with this stupid boycott."
"There is a national right-wing ideology here to promote. He can buy his world in one hour, get any senior position he wants and thanks to him a right-wing government will be formed. This could be a huge leap for him the day after Netanyahu, and instead he will now be crushed under the torch and the left." And will disappear from the map within a year or two. "
Bezalel Smutrich also referred to the political contacts and said that "I very much hope that the mediated coordination talks between Bennett and Saar deal with formulating essential demands that the two will jointly set as a condition for entering the right-wing government of the national camp (reforms of law, settlement, economy, etc.)." It is dangerous for the left to rely on Arab supporters of terrorism. "