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Bennett defends his legacy, hails historic coalition as ‘success’ in NYT interview

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Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett defended his short tenure as Israel’s leader, hailing the “experiment” of his diverse coalition as a “success” in an interview published Wednesday.

“In a world where domestic polarization is becoming almost the single biggest challenge, the experiment succeeded,” Benett told New York Times columnist Bret Stephens in an article titled “Naftali Bennett’s Exit Interview.”

The “experiment” was putting together a diverse coalition together with Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid that included eight parties from the right, center, left, and for the first time, an Arab party.

Bennett told the Times that the diverse parties were able to accomplish all that they did by being willing to “set aside ideological disagreements” and focus on “better education, better jobs, better infrastructure.”

He touted Israel’s low unemployment, economic growth, and the government’s most visible success which came in November when the Knesset approved a national budget for 2021 and 2022, the first time a budget had been approved in three and a half years.

The passing of the bill delayed the threat of elections in the government’s early days but was ultimately not enough to avert its eventual collapse.

Bennett gave the interview Tuesday, a day after he and Lapid announced their intention to disperse the........

© The Times of Israel

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