I understand why Netanyahu doesn’t want Bennett
The new PM doesn’t need the health minister or his party in his new cabinet. And he knows Bennett. It’s a good hard-working guy but he has a principled opinion about everything and with leave in a few months anyway — about whatever issue. So Netanyahu can better now give the portfolios already to the parties who will stay in the government.
Bennett doesn’t see the issue. Nobody wants to be the new Health Minister. Why could he not continue?
The truth is a bit broader than Bennett spoke about. His party doesn’t want to sit in such a middle-of-the-road administration. Seen from where they look, it’s a left-wing cabinet.
And then there is something more serious. Bennett said that you can’t make the leader of the national labor federation into the finance minister. A socialist, that’s terrible! Bennett doesn’t seem to understand the concept of compromise. How can you expect left-wing parties to sit a government if they have nothing to decide?
And, Bennett didn’t learn from the past or doesn’t trust Bibi. But the latter knows exactly what he is doing. He’s doing it at every formation. “You want finance, I’ll give you finance. You want defense, I’ll give you defense.”
Then, there are two possibilities. The ‘let’s give more money to the people’ guy succeeds and Bibi says: “Great team I made.” Or he can’t get anything done and next elections he says: “They were in charge and only messed up.” The ‘we need to be more hawkish’ guy succeeds and Bibi says: “Great team I made.” Or he can’t get anything done and next elections he says: “They were in charge, they’re full of talk but only messed up.” Win-win.
I recommend that Netanyahu asks Bennett to be Health Minister after all. For that, his party doesn’t need to sit in the coalition. Call out his bluff. Does a great job? Will reflect well on Bibi and is good for the country. Bennett declines or messes up, great for Bibi too. Win-win.