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MembersIsrael’s Government Urgently Needs a Motivational Push

To hold together this impossibly diverse coalition, everyone must be willing to compromise

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has his hands full trying to hold together an impossibly diverse coalition.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has his hands full trying to hold together an impossibly diverse coalition. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Eight parties with nine agendas. Keeping everyone in sync and maintaining political harmony is difficult, to say the least. Each faction has its own views on the Israeli or Jewish character of the state. The government, which marketed itself under the label “change and healing,” is also at odds with itself. And this tension is becoming increasingly obvious in recent weeks.

But this was expected from the outset. A right-wing party like Yamina simply isn’t going to agree on much with its left-liberal or Arab counterparts. Nor vice versa.

In recent days, leading ministers have been squabbling. Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked is opposed to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Transportation Minister and Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli is also against Gantz, and Gantz against Michaeli and Shaked.

Although the governing coalition has only a slim majority of 61 Knesset seats, it has survived its first four months relatively well, despite all the difficulties. But now, after the right-wing parties pushed forward the construction of 3,100 new houses...

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