MembersWho’s More Suited to Lead Israel?

With the prospect of a religious politician taking Netanyahu’s place, a top left-wing journalist calls to halt the protests against Bibi

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Naftali Bennett, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu or Naftali Bennett? Either way the left-wing loses.
Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

Perhaps Benjamin Netanyahu is more convenient for Israel’s Left than previously thought? “The next prime minister will be Naftali Bennett,” read a headline in the left-wing daily Haaretz recently. In his article, the author called on Israel’s Left to exercise caution and end the weekly protests in front of Netanyahu’s official residence on Balfour Street in downtown Jerusalem. “The legitimate protest against Netanyahu’s corrupt system of government could end in Israel getting a religious head of government for the first time in the state’s history,” warned the radical left-wing journalist Gideon Levi.

Naftali Bennett’s national religious settler party Yamina has risen in all polls in recent weeks. In the event of an election, it would grow to between 16 and 20 Knesset seats, making it the second largest faction behind Netanyahu’s Likud.

The people are dissatisfied with Netanyahu’s handling of the Corona and economic crises. Opposite him, on the same political level, stands a charismatic and successful hi-tech investor with a kippa on his head. Bennett served previously as Minister of...

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