The New York Times reports:
Late Wednesday, an improbable assemblage of political parties agreed to form a coalition government. Should Parliament approve the arrangement, Benjamin Netanyahu’s singular reign as prime minister will come to an end, at least for now, and a fragile, painfully cobbled together alliance will assume power.
But Mr. Netanyahu signaled early Thursday that he would not go down without a struggle, calling on lawmakers to oppose “this dangerous left-wing government.” While he appeared to have few avenues to hang onto power, Mr. Netanyahu’s career has been marked by a keen instinct for political survival.
Under the last-minute agreement by a coalition of opposition parties, Naftali Bennett, who opposes a Palestinian state and is a standard-bearer for religious nationalists, will serve as prime minister until 2023.
Netanyahu’s party calls on supporters to demonstrate outside the homes of lawmakers in last-ditch effort to keep Bennett-Lapid coalition from being formedhttps://t.co/0FEZvtEkCC
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) June 3, 2021
The @IsraeliPM is a canny, ruthless and resilient pol with a genius for survival, so nothing is certain. But it appears he has rallied both his base AND an ideologically disparate opposition, united by just one overriding principle—it’s time for him to go!https://t.co/QwiZW6a5RH
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 3, 2021