The defection of a right-wing deputy repeats the scenario of the “fifth elections”
The Israeli government lost its majority in the Knesset, following the resignation of Representative Idit Silman from the Yamina party led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and her announcement of the transition to the right-wing opposition, which re-presents the scenario of the country heading to a fifth election in the event of the current government’s fall.
Bennett hastened to hold a series of meetings with the rest of the deputies in his party, in order to prevent another withdrawal, especially after rumors circulated that Representative Nir Urbach might withdraw as well. He also held meetings with his partners in the government to prevent the withdrawal of one of the parties and to cause their disintegration.
Silman justified her resignation, saying that she could no longer tolerate deviation from the principles of the right. She said, “I have tried to achieve unity, and have worked for the current coalition, but I refuse to participate in harming the Jewish identity of Israel and the people of Israel; The Jewish identity of the State of Israel is the core of our existence here, and compromising that without any regard for the audience I represent, and the values I believe in, is a red line for me.”
Silman promised to persuade other representatives to withdraw from the coalition and “return to the right-wing camp, and form a right-wing government, purely Jewish and Zionist, as I know that I am not the only one in this context.” Another government can be formed during the current (Knesset) term.”
The Beni government is in a weak position. It has 60 seats in the Knesset, compared to 60 opposed. Any departure from the line in any case may lead to its downfall. The government coalition includes 8 parties from the far right to the far left, as well as with the Islamic Movement.