After two inconclusive elections and over a year of political deadlock, Israel looks set to head to a third election in less than a year. With no clear path to victory, all eyes are on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he tries to cobble together a governing coalition. While it remains to be seen if Netanyahu will be successful, here are three ways he could form a government.
Netanyahu’s Likud Party
1. Netanyahu’s Likud Party
Likud is a right-wing political party in Israel. It was founded in 1973 by Meacham Begin and is the largest party in the country. Netanyahu has been the leader of Likud since 2005. Benjamin Netanyahu
Likud’s main base of support is from right-wing voters who are opposed to a Palestinian state and support expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The party also has support from religious voters who oppose any concessions to the Palestinians on religious grounds.
In order to form a coalition government, Netanyahu will need to convince other parties to join him. This will be difficult as many of them have stated that they will not serve in a government with Likud due to its policies on settlement expansion and its opposition to a two-state solution.
The Blue and White Party
The Blue and White Party is a political party in Israel. The party was established on 1 February 2019 by former IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz, and Yair Lapid, the leader of the Yesh Atid party. The party’s main goals are to form a unity government that will end the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict, improve relations with the Arab world, and reduces social inequality in Israel.
The party ran on a joint ticket with the Labor Party in the 2019 elections but failed to win a majority of seats in the Knesset. However, Blue and White emerged as the largest party in the election, winning 33 seats. On 27 May 2019, Gantz was sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel, but was unable to form a coalition government and called for new elections.
In the 2020 elections, Blue and White won 35 seats and emerged as the largest party once again. Gantz subsequently formed a national unity government with Likud and was sworn in as Prime Minister on 17 May 2020.
The Labor Party
Is one of the two major political parties in Israel, along with the Likud Party. was founded in 1968 by a merger of Mapai, Ahdut HaAvoda, and Rafi. Since then, it has been the dominant party in Israeli politics, holding power for all but three years between 1969 and 2009.
The Labor Party is a social democratic party that believes in a mixed economy, promoting both private enterprise and public ownership. It is also strongly committed to the welfare state, ensuring that all Israelis have access to healthcare, education, and other social services.
The party’s traditional base of support has been the working class and Zionist settlers in the Galilee and Negev regions. In recent years, however, it has increasingly turned to attracting middle-class voters as well.
In the 2009 elections, the Labor Party won 13 seats in the Knesset, making it the second-largest party after the Likud Party. It currently serves in opposition to the Likud-led government.
The United Right
In recent years, the Israeli right-wing has been united behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But, with Netanyahu facing criminal indictment and a possible civil war within his own party, that unity may be unraveling. Here are some of the ways that Netanyahu could form a coalition government: Benjamin Netanyahu
The most likely scenario is that Netanyahu will form a coalition with the support of the ultra-Orthodox parties and the nationalist camp. This would give him a majority in the Knesset and allow him to stay in power.
Another possibility is that Netanyahu could try to form a unity government with the Labor Party. This would be difficult, as Labor has said they will not sit in a government with Netanyahu while he is under indictment.
Finally, Netanyahu could attempt to cobble together a minority government with the support of smaller parties. This would be a risky move, as such a government would be vulnerable to blackmail and could collapse at any time.
What is a coalition government?
A coalition government is a cabinet of ministers in which several parties cooperate. The usual reason for this is that no party has an absolute majority in the parliament. In such circumstance the largest party will often seek to form a coalition with one or more smaller parties in order to reach the threshold of 61 seats, which is a majority in the 120-seat Knesset.
The main alternative to a coalition government is a minority government, which happens when one party controls a majority of seats but chooses not to form alliances with any other parties. This option is less stable, as the ruling party can be easily outvoted by the other parties in parliament.
Three ways Netanyahu could form a coalition government
1. Netanyahu could form a coalition government with the support of right-wing and religious parties.
2. Netanyahu could form a coalition government with the support of left-wing and centrist parties.
3. Netanyahu could form a coalition government with the support of all parties in the Knesset.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of a coalition government?
Benjamin Netanyahu Coalition governments can offer a number of benefits. This can help to make the government more stable and less likely to collapse. Coalition governments can also help to promote cooperation and compromise between different political parties.
However, coalition governments can also have some drawbacks. They can make it difficult for a government to take decisive action on important issues. Coalition governments can also be slow to respond to changes in the political environment.
How likely is it that Netanyahu will succeed in forming a coalition government?
It is very likely that Netanyahu will succeed in forming a coalition government. There are many factors that contribute to this likelihood. First, Netanyahu has been successful in forming coalition governments in the past. Second, Netanyahu has strong support from within his own party, Likud. This gives him a good starting point for negotiations with other parties. Third, the other parties that are most likely to join a Netanyahu-led coalition (such as the ultra-Orthodox parties) have strong incentives to do so. They would be able to advance their own agendas if they were part of the government. Finally, Netanyahu has shown himself to be a skilled negotiator. He has been able to reach agreements with other parties despite their differences.