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With only 6 seats held by his Yamina party, new Isreali Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will have to navigate leading an uneasy coalition. (Photo: Ariel Zandberg/GPO)

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As of today, the State of Israel has a new government and a new prime minister. Naftali Bennett (Yamina) became Prime Minister and Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) became Alternate Prime Minister with the support of 60 MKs, while 59 opposed him.  One Ra’am MK abstained. 

The parties in Bennett’s coalition government that have ministerial positions include Benny Gantz’s Blue and White, Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope, Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu, Meretz, and the Labor Party. The Ra’am Party is supporting this government from the outside. Neither the Likud nor any of the Haredi parties are part of this coalition government. The question remains, how will replacing Netanyahu as Prime Minister affect Israel’s foreign policy?

In an exclusive interview, Ayoob Kara (Likud), who served previously as Israel’s communication, cyber and satellite minister, stated that he does not believe that this government will be successful, as all of these parties are very different from one another and merely united together in order to replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister: “Bennett only has six seats. He does not have the right amount of power to be prime minister.” 

In the eyes of Kara, this government was merely “a game between different parties.  These parties are very different from one another on foreign policy, economic policy, security policy, etc.”

In order to highlight this, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated in his opening speech remarks that indicated he planned to continue Netanyahu’s policies regarding Iran and the Palestinian Authority.  He referred to efforts to renew the Iranian nuclear deal as “a mistake that will once again lend legitimacy to one of the world’s most discriminatory and violent regimes in the world.  Israel will not allow Iran to be equipped with nuclear weapons. Israel is not a party to the agreement and will maintain full freedom to act.” 

In reference to Hamas and the Palestinians, Bennett proclaimed that if they violate the ceasefire, they will “encounter a wall of iron. The Palestinians must take responsibility for their actions and understand that violence will be met with a firm response. That said, security calm will lead to economic moves, which will lead to reducing friction and conflict.”    

While New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu may hold right wing views on the Palestinians and Iran, Meretz and the Labor Party most certainly do not. Merav Michaeli (Labor), who is set to become Transport Minister, supports the creation of a Palestinian state and once stated that her party will support an “upgraded agreement” on Iran.  Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who is slated to become Health Minister, once stated that the ICC probe against Israel was legitimate and that he supports the creation of a “viable Palestinian state” alongside Israel, stressing that annexing parts of Judea and Samaria would turn Israel into “some kind of apartheid state.”

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Kara does not believe that Bennett encourages deterrence by sitting together with Meretz and Labor: “In history, when we do not fight against our enemies, we as Israelis lose out. Yet how can we fight with our hands tied behind our back? Because of the change of government, the US will likely change their Iran policy and thus encourage more extremism in the region. Both the US and Israel will go through difficult times because of this.”  

 “Bennett only had one interest – to be prime minister, even if it is only for one month. The result is that he will be prime minister”, said Kara, “yet Bennett does not have the authority to act as prime minister, not in Israel and not outside of Israel. Bennett has a kippa on his head, yet Lapid, Lieberman and the whole left are against the religious. Those who are supporting him now won’t need him once they got more seats.” 

However, despite this mess, Kara does not believe that Israel’s relations with the Arab states will be affected and that the Abraham Accords will continue to expand: “There is no way to stop the relationship between Israel and the Arab states for they need Israel as the enemy of their enemy. Israel got the opportunity to continue these relationships, with or without the support of the US.”  

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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