Another Lockdown Looming?

by Micha Gefen

As Israel’s coronavirus rates continue to rise as well as the amount of fatalities, the government is weighing another full lockdown ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

While Bibi Netanyahu appeared to hold back the onslaught of coronavirus in its first wave, he has let special interests and leftist protests undermine his ability to chart an effective course of action against the virus.

More than anything though, there is a wide held view point among the Israeli electorate that his animosity towards Naftali Bennett, his main Rightwing rival and former Defense Minister has kept the latter from joining the government and leading the country out of the mess.

The former minister is seen as the main reason why the country was successful the first time around. With the contrast between the two waves, Bennett’s star is beginning to rise. Given all of this, it is no surprise that Bennett’s Yamina party has tripled in seats in the latest polls.

This is the main reason why Netanyahu did not break apart the government. After all if Bennett is already at 19 or 20 in the polls, he could end up with 24 or 25. If so, Netanyahu would be forced to enter into a rotation agreement that would see Bennett as the first PM – something that Netanyahu would never handle.

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