Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Can new Israeli administration unite despite widely disparate members?



Can new Israeli administration unite despite widely disparate members?

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Outgoing Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin (centre) is flanked by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) and alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during a group photo with the new coalition government on June 14. AFP

Can new Israeli administration unite despite widely disparate members?

A completely unprecedented coalition government has been united solely in its opposition to Prime Minister Netanyahu. The question will be whether it can maintain unity within the Cabinet, transcending differences in position and implementing policies smoothly.

In Israel, eight opposition parties with greatly different policies and ideologies joined together to form a new administration. Naftali Bennett, the leader of the extreme right-wing party Yamina, became prime minister.

In addition to the centrist parties that led the coalition agreement, a wide range of groups, including leftist parties, have joined the administration. A Palestinian Arab party has also entered power for the first time in Israeli history.

Israeli politics are separated into small parties, and it is difficult for the leading party to secure a majority, usually resulting in the formation of a coalition government. Over the past two years, there have been as many as four general elections due to a series of unsuccessful coalition talks and the collapse of administrations after they were formed.

The new administration’s intention to give top priority to breaking the political stalemate can be deemed appropriate.

The opposition parties rallied under the banner of departing from Netanyahu’s administration, which lasted 12 straight years and 15 years in total.

Netanyahu was prosecuted for corruption two years ago, which accelerated the decline in his leadership. Although he has achieved good results in economic development, his authoritarian political style and hard-line stance toward Palestine and Iran have intensified internal divisions in Israel and estranged his coalition partners.

Increased public demand for change as a result of the growing negative impact of his long-term administration may have led to the unexpected inauguration of a new administration.

The most difficult element for Bennett in steering the new government for the present will likely be how to deal with Palestine, with which Israel has barely maintained a cease-fire since the military clash in May.

Far-right parties do not accept the establishment of a Palestinian state and support the promotion of Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied territories. There is a wide gap between the coalition’s far-right parties, and its Arab and centrist parties.

Bennett should avoid getting too deeply involved in issues that could lead to disagreements within the Cabinet. If results are achieved on matters directly related to people’s lives, such as the economy, this will likely lead to national reconciliation, restoration of political trust and stable management of the administration.

The focal point of foreign policy will be how to deal with Iran, which has a hostile relationship with Israel. The Netanyahu administration was working to establish an encircling net around Iran by improving relations with Arab countries that also see Iran as an enemy.

Former US President Donald Trump led efforts together to encircle Iran, but US President Joe Biden is trying to hold dialogue and ease tensions with Iran. It is hoped that the Bennett administration will promote a moderate policy that will contribute to the stability of the Middle East, while fully taking into account US moves.

THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN (JAPAN)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42