Benjamin Netanyahu soon 72 years old, outgoing Prime Minister of Israel or ousted from power after 15 years at the head of the executive including twelve continuously (record for longevity in power, that of David Ben Gurion, the founder of the state, vastly outdated), ignored the traditional photo of the handover with his successor and told the opposition bloc that he will overthrow the new government on the basis of “fraud, hatred and the search for power”.
In the meantime, he will have to get used to sitting in the Knesset on the opposition benches while following, in person or in the office of his lawyers, the progress of his trial. So this Monday, the already former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gave his replacement, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, less than an hour – according to some media, just half an hour – for their handover, before publicly declaring that he would quickly overthrow the new government. This change of status is not entirely new to him. Let’s judge!
Benjamin Netanyahu after having governed as Prime Minister of Israel in 1996 thanks to the nationalist and religious right which brought him to power to oppose by all means the Oslo accords signed in 1993, will fall from grace when he will break his word, under pressure from President Bill Clinton (he shook hands with Yasser Arafat, but above all signed various Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank and in particular that of 80% of the city of Hebron). The right will make him pay for this crime of lese majesty. He will lose the 1999 ballot, early elections won by Ehud Barak, who has since become the president of the Labor Party. Benjamin Netanyahu then goes into oblivion to restore his political health.
After having consumed the portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Finance between 2002 and 2005 he resigned to protest against the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and found favor with a part of the right. When Ariel Sharon leaves Likud to found the centrist Kadima party, it is the royal road for Netanyahu who then wins the Likud presidency. In 2009, after legislative elections with a very close score between Kadima and Likud, he returned to his chair as Prime Minister. He will not leave power for 12 years until yesterday, even when the polls gave him the loser face as in 2015 against the Labor candidate. His party with an exceptional score, will save him. He then becomes “King Bibi”.
In terms of foreign policy, he will do everything and will go so far as to confront US President Obama by overturning the negotiations led by John Kerry, then Secretary of State, for a solution to the conflict with the Palestinians, but also on the issue. Iranian. It is because at Uncle Sam’s, the Republican friends are on the lookout. With the arrival of Donald Trump his “best friend” he will obtain everything from recognition to recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights to the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds and, of course, disengagement. of the Iranian international nuclear deal. Finally, it will win the Grail, with the Abraham normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. For Benjamin Netanyahu, this is proof that we can sign treaties with the Arab world – what he calls peace agreements – without making concessions to the Palestinians.
Netanyahu’s decline will begin with his indictment in December 2019 for corruption, fraud and breach of trust. Combined with a domestic policy at the very least contested, for two years the demonstrations under his window have not dropped a notch. At the level of Likud, where he believes himself to be the sole master on board, the fact of eliminating all his potential rivals within his own party, while cutting himself off from his religious nationalist allies, will cost him money. Result: from September 2019 to March 2021, the Israelis will go four times to feel the ballot box, unheard of in Israel. During this period he will succeed in convincing Benny Gantz to form a national emergency cabinet in a rotating government before stabbing him in the back 8 months later.
This fourth consultation will follow, which certainly saw a new victory for Likud – 30 terms – without allowing Benjamin Netanyahu to form a majority coalition. He is ousted, but let’s face it! with one voice.
Netanyahu remains despite the hitch, a monster of Israeli politics. And now that he’s on the other side, let’s bet he’ll do everything to put an end to what he calls the “biggest electoral fraud in the history of the country” to take back “his due” from the newcomer. government says change.
A new executive who one day after winning the confidence of the Knesset and being sworn in on Monday saw ministers in the newly confirmed government take office in various ministries, where some were treated to handover ceremonies from their predecessors and others don’t. For the Prime Minister, the formal transfer of power ended without the traditional ceremony and public vows, no handshake and no photoshoot, an indication of the animosity Netanyahu has towards Bennett, his own former chief of staff. .
Netanyahu even planned in advance a political meeting with the leaders of the opposition parties shortly after his interview with Bennett. As we can see, from the outset Bibi is resisting and the bets in Israel are already open.