Netanyahu is being called upon to step down over failed coronavirus policies. Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

No Trust in Netanyahu’s Emergency Government

As Israel’s health and economic crisis grows, the government appears incompetent


Photo: “Government is not child’s play” reads a sign at one of many demonstrations against Netanyahu

“The Israeli government is not working.” We hear this complain more and more of late. And not just from the Left, but from Israelis across the political spectrum. In early August, a Likud member of Knesset was even quoted in the media as admitting that his government was not working. “The current situation is worse and more dangerous than possible elections,” emphasized this politician, who wanted to remain anonymous in order not to incur the wrath of his party leader.

There hasn’t been a single Cabinet meeting in over five weeks. The reason: Coalition partners Likud and “Blue and White” seem perpetually at odds, about everything. Israel is facing a mounting health and economic crisis, and the government appears incapable of acting (or are they just incompetent?). Everyone’s upset–the Left, the Right, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and also the Arabs. By now this has nothing to do with being for or against Netanyahu. Israel Sellem/POOL (image) Activists of the “Derkenu” movement…