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Benjamin Netanyahu in trouble after political distress in the country

The world recently witnessed a near image of what World War Three might look like, if it happens at any point in the future, after the recent bombings of Gaza and Hamas. The superior defense system Iron Dome protected the country of Israel from the incoming missiles. The tension between Israel and Palestine was highest in May, but thanks to the good gods, it de-escalated after a ceasefire was agreed between Israel and militants of Hamas in late May.


Witnessing a World War would have been another headache after Covid Pandemic and no, we are not ready for it. However, since every action reacts to it, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under the flak of the opposition in the country after the bombings and the political unrest in the country is a testimony for it.


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The opposition has come together to form a coalition against the Netanyahu-led pro-right wing party of Likud. This is the first time that Benjamin Netanyahu has a chance of losing his seat in the parliament after being elected the Prime Minister for the second time in 2009 and serving the country in successive terms.


The coalition still has the majority of work to do before taking the seat as they have to prove the vote of confidence and thus, the majority in the parliament, Knesset, has 120 seats. However, to go by the sources, this coalition, led by eight political parties, from the rightwing Yamina to the Arab-majority Ra’am (United Arab List), is only leading by a margin of one seat is 61.


Since the speaker of the Parliament, Yariv Levin, is pro-Netanyahu, the vote of confidence isn’t going to take place till the following week. He is inclined towards the right wing in his political ideology; this gives time to Netanyahu to venture out to break the coalition by a vote or two by convincing them not to vote for the new allegiance. Suppose the opposition doesn’t prove the majority. In that case, this will lead to a fifth election in the last two years since no political party has proven their majority because of the making and breaking of alliances.


Reaction within the country:

After the coalition’s announcement on Wednesday by opposition leader Yair Lapid, there were celebrations from the opposition camp. However, Netanyahu himself was quick to respond and took to Twitter, ‘All lawmakers who were elected with votes from the right must oppose this dangerous left-wing government,” he tweeted.

Netanyahu’s Likud party tweeted “immediately withdraw” to call out the former allies of the rightwing party, asking them to withdraw their signatures. Protests have also been reported outside the lawmakers’ houses against the coalition.

The new coalition, if formed, would see the religious-nationalist Naftali Bennett serve as prime minister for the initial two years, after which Lapid will take over for the rest of the term.

Arab Israeli party, the Islamic conservative party Ra’am is also part of the coalition, and this would be the first instance of any Islamic party having representatives in governing coalition.

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