“Will Naftali Bennett give up his right-wing values and realize a one-time opportunity to become prime minister?”

The Naftali Bennett Riddle
by Danielle Roth-Avneri
April 30, 2021

One week before the deadline expires for Benjamin Netanyahu to either form a new government or return the mandate to President Rivlin, the prime minister appears to be at a dead end. While seven days is time enough for a last-minute breakthrough, Netanyahu’s path to forming a government appears to be obstructed by the very bloc he put together before the election. Prior to the March vote, Netanyahu worked to strengthen the position of the Religious Zionist Party, headed by Bezalel Smotrich. Netanyahu helped the party push through the electoral threshold, on the understanding that Smotrich would help him form a right-wing government. READ MORE

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