The political chaos in continues to grow as Gantz’s attempt to cobble together a minority government of 47 requires that it rely on the 15 seats of the Joint List – a political party made up mostly of Arabs that do not agree to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.
While it seemed this was a foregone conclusion, the idea has now hit a wall. Tzvi Hauser and Yoaz Hendel of the Telem faction within Blue and White has refused to vote in favor of a Join List supported.
Interestingly enough, both MKs worked for Netanyahu until they broke off due to personal disagreements. While until last night they have kept quiet on their intentions, inside reports say that Hendel received a call from Rav Meidan, a leading rabbi from Gush Etzion that Hendel must stop the path to a minority government and push towards a unity government.
In reaction to Hendel and Hauser’s blocking of an Arab backed minority government, Gantz and his Blue and White party threatened to kick them out of the Blue and White party.
Arab MK’s May Not Support Gantz
Despite Gantz’s assertion that a minority government is on its way, many of the 15 Joint List MK’s are not willing to support Gantz.
Ofer Cassif of the Joint List stated, “Under no circumstances will we support any government which includes the racist [Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Liberman]. We’re talking about someone who has been inciting against our public for years.”
For her part terrorist supporter MK Heba Yazbak of the Balad faction within the Join List reiterated that her group of three MKs will not support Gantz. “And there are others,” she said in an interview.
What does all this mean?
In a sense Netanyahu’s block needs to sit back and let the Blue and White fall apart on its own. By doing so, the mirage that had been created over the past year will dissipate. When this happens, the real question that needs to be asked is what does it mean that three former generals stooped low enough to try partnering with a group of parties that are opposed to Israel’s very existence.
Ultimately as I have said elsewhere that the State is in a transitionary stage. The old guard and the tools they built to rule since the State’s conception are falling apart. With nothing to ground them at this point they are going for broke in order to destroy the growing block of traditional Jews that were shove to the side when the State was formed.