MembersIsrael’s New Government: Between Apathy and Rage

Democracy in Israel under fire as rivals try to topple Netanyahu

Democracy in Israel under fire as opponents try to remove Netanyahu
Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The unity coalition agreement between the Likud and the remnants of the “Blue and White” party was finally signed on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Polls show that 61% of Israelis support this government forged in the shadow of the Coronavirus. This support, so one gets the impression, reveals a great deal of apathy regarding the real issues dividing Israel today. Instead, Israelis just want a government. Period.

PHOTO: Right-wing Israelis protest against the interference of the Supreme Court in Israel’s democratic process.

But this new government came at the price of the collapse of “Blue and White,” leaving many of its voters bitter and angry. Some are calling party leader Benny Gantz a traitor. Yair Lapid, who heads the Yesh Atid party that was until recently the second largest faction in “Blue and White,” called Gantz’s about-face (he had previously campaigned on a platform of rejecting Netanyahu’s rule) the greatest fraud in Israel’s modern history.

In an angry Facebook post, Yesh Atid lawmaker Ofer Shelah, the supposed ideologist of “Blue and White,” said...

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