Antagonism during Bennet speech ugly preview of things to come - analysis
Any relief that might have been in the air as the Knesset sessions started – relief that finally a government would be sworn in, relief that the divisiveness would be tamed, relief that a softer breeze would blow through the land – was dispelled by the Knesset session.
Two things make this coalition even more difficult to manage. The first is that unlike previous 61-seat coalitions the country has known, where the prime minister was the head of the party with the most seats in the Knesset, or the second-most seats in the Knesset, this time the prime minister has the firm backing of only six members in his party.
The second thing working against Bennett is that Netanyahu will be working day and night to trip up him and the coalition. And as a seasoned politician who has moved from opposition head to prime minister in the past, Netanyahu knows how to play the game.
Over the last few days, much has been said and written about the end of the Netanyahu era. That all might be premature. Netanyahu showed on Sunday that while he may be moving out of the Prime Minister’s Office, from his point of view, it will not be for long. Considering the chaotic scene in the Knesset – likely orchestrated by the Likud – a third Netanyahu tenure should not be dismissed out of hand.
If the way Bennett was heckled just walking up the podium was a preview of what would happen once he started to actually speak, then the nonstop interference during the speech is a preview of what awaits him and the government in the weeks and months away.