Prime Minister Netanyahu is getting a lot of heat from inside Israel after his surprise newest ceasefire went into effect at 430 in the morning Israel time.
In the past, the Prime Minister’s enemies were the ones to attack him for negotiating ceasefires as missiles fell on Israelis in the South of the country.
This time around this newest ceasefire is being lambasted by people within his own party and his future coalition partners.
Likud MK Gideon Saar said, “The ceasefire, in the circumstances it was reached under, has no gains for Israel.”
“The time between each round of violent attacks against Israel and its citizens is shrinking, and terror organizations in Gaza are strengthening. The fighting hasn’t been ended, just pushed off.”
Saar isn’t just anyone, but is seen as the most probable successor to Prime Minister Netanyahu by just about everyone. He tends to be a class act and does not pick open fights.
The next person of significance is MK Betzalel Smotrich who said, “The battle with Gaza needed to end with seven hundred terrorists killed – one for every rocket fired at Israel, with heavy physical damage to Hamas, the kind that will take years for them to recover from so that it will be difficult for them to think of attacking again.”
“We cannot force one-and-a-half million citizens in the south to head to the bomb shelters every few weeks.”
Smotrich is important because without him there is no coalition. His party has 5 seats plus another 1 who ran with Likud, making him the key to putting together the coalition, which still is in its early days of negotiations.
With the clock running out on the time allotted to Netanyahu to build his coalition as well as impending indictments, his self inflicted wounds may be the actual thing that takes him out.
It has always been said that neither left nor right has the power to unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu and rather his undoing would come from himself and his loss of support from his party.
This is beginning now.
With Iran and Hezbollah to the North and Gaza being commandeered by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Israel can ill afford to have a government sunk in to self-made chaos.