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Getting back to basics: What the press says about non-governments and non-laws

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24.05.2021

1. Bend it like Bennett: With the Gaza war practically a distant memory — after nearly four days — the news agenda has swiftly shifted back to what had been one of the main stories dominating headlines before the tensions hit the fan: coalition politics, or lack thereof.

  • Polls by Channels 12 and 13 on Sunday showed Yesh Atid gaining ground against Likud, but only barely, and the sides remaining as deadlocked as ever if/when the country is forced back into the ballot box, which nearly all pundits predict will be the result of the negotiations and their expected failure to create a government of 61.
  • Haaretz reports that Yesh Atid will restart talks Monday, with party leader Yair Lapid, currently tasked with forming a government, planning on quickly banging out the gimmes by the weekend: that is, coalition agreements with Labor, Blue and White, Meretz and Yisrael Beytenu.
  • The paper notes that New Hope will play hard to get, and that’s before Naftali Bennett’s Yamina, and his ambitions, even enter the picture, not to mention the Islamist Ra’am party. Bennett appeared to discount the possibility of joining a Lapid/Ra’am coalition earlier this month as fighting broke out, or did he?
  • “Yesh Atid [sources] assess that foundering talks between Yamina and Likud, and growing chances of a fifth round of elections, may cause the Yamina head to agree to a rotation agreement anyway,” the paper reports.
  • As noted by my colleague Raoul Wootliff, Bennett spent Sunday lambasting the Likud-led government and its leader Benjamin Netanyahu over its handling of the war, which to some indicates he may be open again to the possibility of joining the so-called change government.
  • In Yedioth Ahronoth, Nadav Eyal notes that Bennett spent much time over the 11-day war with Hamas explaining Israel’s position to the world “but has yet to explain to Israel why he has pulled out of the change bloc, if he actually did pull out, or if he’s just ‘open to options,’ as one senior party source put it.”
  • He adds that Yamina’s Twitter account has been just as confused, labeling reports on coalition maneuvering “fake news” despite them espousing the party’s........

    © The Times of Israel


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