Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett may not run in the upcoming election

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett may not run in the upcoming election.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday that he would not run in the forthcoming elections. Bennett oversaw a large but frail coalition government that collapsed only a year after entering office.

Before planned elections this autumn, his administration declared last week that it would dissolve the Knesset.

However, the vote necessary for the dissolution has been slowed down by disagreements with the opposition.

He said in a short prime-time speech, “I tried to care for all residents, regardless of who they voted for.” “We demonstrated this year that individuals of various viewpoints can cooperate.”

According to Bennett’s office, Yair Lapid, the coalition’s architect and current foreign minister, will lead a caretaker administration in which Bennett will continue to act as the alternative prime minister. In October or November, elections are anticipated.

Many of the paradoxes that characterize his little nation are embodied by Bennett.

He is a devout Jew who earned millions in the mostly secular hi-tech industry, a supporter of the settlement movement who resides in a Tel Aviv suburb.

However, a former ally of Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces with left- and center-wing parties to overthrow his 12-year reign.

Even after becoming prime minister at the head of a coalition that included left-wing parties, he rejected the establishment of a Palestinian state.

He had previously served as the president of the largest settlement council for the occupied West Bank.

His administration made improvements to the West Bank and Gaza’s economy. Still, it ruled out restarting the long-stalled peace process.

After a period of political stagnation that saw four elections in less than two years, Bennett attempted to bring the nation together.

However, his little party mostly fell apart in the end as members revolted against his alliance.

By forming a coalition with left-wing parties and even an Arab party, Bennett was accused of forsaking the right-wing base, which Netanyahu drummed up against him.

During Bennett’s statements in the Knesset, Netanyahu supporters often yelled and mocked him. As a result, his family has been threatened with death.

Many assumed Bennett would leave politics when the administration was overthrown.

In his speech, Netanyahu said that Yamina would be headed by Ayelet Shaked, a close friend, and the departing government’s interior minister.

It’s uncertain if Yamina’s chaos will benefit or harm their right-wing supporters.

A possible key supporter for Netanyahu and his allies might be lost if the party runs but falls short of the required number of votes. Or Shaked may establish himself as a kingmaker, as Bennett did.