"These are complex days for Israeli society when disputes over fundamental issues threaten to tear apart and ignite gratuitous violence and hatred."
This is what the country's president, Yitzhak Herzog, wrote when he decided to give the prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, a ten-day extension to finish forming the government.
It seemed at first that this was going to be a "walk in the park" for Netanyahu.
63 members of the Knesset lined up behind him, with all of them having only one goal - to replace the outgoing government, which they called "illegitimate", as quickly as possible and to establish a full-fledged right-wing government.
And here, 28 days have passed, and the magician Netanyahu needs more days to satisfy and satisfy the members of his government and return to Balfour.
Last Friday Major General (Res.) Gershon HaCohen wrote that this is a consequence of the rise of a new generation of leaders in religious Zionism, who are jurists and therefore enter every badge and do not take what they are given, like the Pa'inikim, and improve positions as they go.
That is not the problem.
True, Bezalel Smotrich is a lawyer and so is Simcha Rothman.
And Itamar Ben Gabir is also well versed in law.
And the ultra-Orthodox factions are also helped by the jurists.
But they are not guided by legal expertise and quibbles, but by a lack of trust in Netanyahu's conduct and his promises.
As I recall, it was Smotrich who said of Netanyahu that he was a liar.
Yes, they want him to be prime minister and believe he will be good, but they don't believe his promises.
They also fear that the government will not last its full days due to Netanyahu's behavior towards his partners.
Still fresh in my memory is what he did to Benny Gantz, when he did not pass a budget so as not to maintain the rotation;
What did Herzog do in 2015: He had countless contacts, and in the end cut and took Avigdor Lieberman;
And how did he behave to Bennett and Shaked and Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, whom he more or less dismissed in a text message.
And Nir Barkat, who is still waiting for the fulfillment of the public promise according to which he will be appointed Minister of Finance - a promise that will not be fulfilled even in this government.
He promised, but did not promise to fulfill.
That's why Smotrich wants an agreement, a sort of legal one, that will include all the clauses that are important to him.
Down to the smallest details.
Wants powers to be able to carry out what he believes in, regardless of Netanyahu's consent.
And Aryeh Deri is not ready for anything, until the law is changed so that he can serve in the government as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Health and with the worthless title of Deputy Prime Minister.
In the days when Deri was correct, he would have believed Netanyahu that the laws would be changed and that he would be sworn in in Phase B, and he would have agreed to the swearing in of a government without him;
Ben Gvir demands that the authority over the police be transferred to him here and now, so that he can realize what is important to him in YOSH with the police brigades that will come to salute him, without asking permission from Netanyahu.
Netanyahu bought their distrust with honesty.
Over the years he threw blank checks to too many people and parties.
The new Netanyahu government will be formed and sworn in even if it takes ten more days.
The problem is the bad blood that has accumulated and may harm the length of her life.
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