Faith in Politicians Dwindling

Following the latest set of inconclusive election results, many efforts at forming a suitable coalition for governing the State of Israel are in progress.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is the largest in the new Knesset, with 30 seats. But that is 6 seats fewer than it had before the election and their efforts to form a coalition are not proving fruitful.

They seem to be reliant on persuading Gideon Sa’ar, leader of the New Hope party, to join a Netanyahu-led government. But Benjamin Netanyahu himself appears to be the sticking point with that possibility. Many of the senior politicians are convinced it is time for a change of prime minister.

If Sa’ar will not join, Likud will try to tempt members of his party to return to them, seeing it as the ‘natural’ choice for right-wing politicians – the equivalent of returning to their ‘political home’. Likud will also try to tempt members of the Blue & White Party into their coalition.

So, once again, Israeli politics is proving to be complicated.

One analysis reveals that as many as 40 of Israel’s 120-member Knesset will be leaving the parliament when the new Knesset is sworn in on 6th April. Some of them left before the election, but others have spent decades in ‘the halls of power’.

It should not be surprising, then, that ordinary Israelis are becoming disillusioned with the country’s politicians. Four successive failures to produce a confident government coalition have worn people down.

Further investments in COVID-19 vaccines have now been delayed because of another dispute that caused the cancellation of a Cabinet meeting. Many see the cancellation as the result of political infighting and are calling for senior politicians to ‘put their ego aside’.