As predicted by This Site, eight Israeli political parties have formed a coalition to take power from Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and end his reign as prime minister.
The groups have little in common other than their opposition to Netanyahu, so he is likely to spend the days between now and a planned parliamentary vote to approve the new coalition trying to destabilise them.
But the agreement is historic in that it brings together the far-right Yamina Party, centrists Yesh Atid… and an Arab-Israeli party, Raam.
This will be the first time in decades that an Israeli Arab party has joined a ruling coalition.
But the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen has provided some wise words of caution:
No rational political enemy of Benjamin Netanyahu can underestimate his tenacity, ruthlessness and absolute determination to hold on to office. Until a new government with a new prime minister is sworn in, he will do all he can to stop it.
If he found himself leader of the opposition, he would do all he could to destabilise a coalition with a wafer-thin majority that would be trying to span the entire Israeli spectrum, from the nationalist right to the liberal left.
All that unites them is their desire to remove him from office.
No-one should expect big, new initiatives from a new government. Just surviving the onslaught Mr Netanyahu is undoubtedly planning will be a full-time job. His opponents will be hoping that his fall will continue in the Jerusalem courthouse where he is already on trial on serious corruption charges.
That last point is the most telling.
Netanyahu has been facing trial for fraud and bribery for a considerable period of time, but has apparently been using his position as prime minister to delay and frustrate proceedings.
If he loses prime ministerial power, he will find it much harder to do this and may actually be made to face justice.
He’ll do everything he can to prevent that.
And so, it seems, will his supporters:
Bibi's on his way out. A diehard right-wing multimillionaire is set to replace him. https://t.co/lf9sBtfeZi
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) June 2, 2021
This is the guy set to replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister, commenting on Israeli massacre of children pic.twitter.com/RZ8n7Idccz
— The Empire Files (@EmpireFiles) June 2, 2021
Why didn't anyone realize that all it would take to oust Bibi was a right-winger forming a pact with an Islamist party, sealed by a centrist who had a better claim to PM but gave it up, backed by another right-wing party and the entire political left?
— Dave Lawler (@DavidLawler10) June 2, 2021
It’s true that what Israel is getting won’t be an improvement on what it already has.
But the removal of Netanyahu will be a genuine step forward:
Bye bye Bibi. Can't say it's sad to see him go, given his treatment of Palestinians and his intrusion into U.S. politics. And not sure things get better or worse for Palestinians under this deal. What does seem possible is that Netanyahu finally has the face the legal music… https://t.co/RVSPolkFVh
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) June 2, 2021
BOOM: It's official – Yair Lapid informs the president that he has a government in hand. Netanyahu is on his way out.
7-12 days until government actually sworn in. Bibi will keep applying pressure on Yamina MKs to defect. It's his only remaining out. New era in Israel is close.
— Neri Zilber (@NeriZilber) June 2, 2021
Israel’s criminally indicted fraudster, wannabe dictator, GQP hero and overseas MAGA lunatic Bibi Benjamin Netanyahu has officially been ousted as Prime Minister.
One big step closer to becoming an inmate in a cell. Bye bye BIBI. 🙃
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 2, 2021
Bibi is out! Trump and Bibi in one year – that is progress. pic.twitter.com/cVmpQc4Jq6
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) June 2, 2021
In the short-term, This Writer expects to see a lot more anti-Semitism accusations flying around. Pro-Netanyahu types like to use it as a false flag under which to attack their political opponents.
Israel is about to enter a new stage of its troubled history. It isn’t the start of a new Golden Age – but it could lead to something better.
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