Rubin: Netanyahu seeking unity from conservative foes

Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Benjamin Netanyahu (2021)Israel’s embattled prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked with forming a functioning government from a splintered group of political parties but a U.S.-born Israel politician, watching Israel’s politics, says it’s a difficult task thanks to simmering feuds.

Israel’s government has experienced a deadlock for several years thanks to 13 competing political parties, and voters there have repeatedly returned to the polls to choose Knesset members.

According to The Associated Press, Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has chosen Netanyahu to help cobble together a coalition despite legal and ethical issues surrounding the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

Netanyahu's Likud Party and allied political parties hold 52 seats in the Knesset but that is still short of a 61-seat majority.

David Rubin, the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh, says the warring parties must, first of all, set aside their “personal animosities” about Netanyahu.

Rubin, David“And sit down and do what's best for the country,” he says, “which would be to form a right-of-center, very stable coalition." 

Regarding the prime minister himself, Rubin says Netanyahu bears a lot of responsibility for the animosity from fellow conservatives who have watched him punish Likud members when they appear to be a political threat. Those members have now formed other political parties after being pushed out.

“This is what has been happening in recent years,” Rubin advises, “and that's the reason why he's having such a hard time right now getting to that majority."

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