What are Naftali Bennett’s political options after he leaves PMO?

Monday - 20/06/2022 20:43
There are some in his inner circle who believe there is a strong chance that he will retire from politics, but other options exist.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett poses for a picture at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, January 26, 2022. (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett poses for a picture at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, January 26, 2022. (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Naftali Bennett’s political future does not look great.

After he steps down as prime minister next week, some in his inner circle believe he may bow out of politics, either permanently or to begin planning his return.

Another option would be to run again as the head of Yamina. But if Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, his longtime ally, ditches him for another party, Yamina might not cross the electoral threshold. Even if she stays with Bennett, its electoral prospects would be uncertain.

That leaves a third option: to merge with another party.

The most likely candidate would be New Hope, led by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, which barely crosses the electoral threshold in the most recent polls.
 

 Gideon Sa'ar. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Gideon Sa'ar. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


While merging might sound appealing, it is not so simple. Bennett and Sa’ar have not gotten along well over the past year. On the other hand, they stand a better chance of crossing the electoral threshold together than running on their own.


 

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