Everyone understands if you’re sick of working with Bibi.
Everyone also can see that he nor you have a path to a majority cabinet.
It was outrageous that not many more voters rewarded your responsible brave stance when you dropped earlier commitments not to sit with Bibi, and made a unity government with him because of the corona crisis.
However, we still need crisis management. The poverty, the threat of war, the outcome of the ‘Palestinian elections’ all should keep us up at night.
All kinds of ideas circulate about what coalition would (not) work. None of the alternatives make much sense or would satisfy most voters.
Therefore, I politely ask you to do it again but only better.
You’re the one with not only big words and ideas but with the experience and track record of how to not be totally upstaged by Bibi. So, I request:
- Suggest to Bibi to co-serve again as two rotating PMs. You fairly could make the case that this time, you will take the first slot. If that is disputed because the Likud is the largest party, watch your next move.
- Collect a wide group of parties to unite under your leadership.
- Say to Bibi that your collective is ready to sit with the Likud in a broad Centrist unity government. No religious parties. No extremist parties.
It is a win-win for you.
If Bibi says yes, the Left and Center will (partly) return to power.
If he says no, the electorate will give you so many votes in the next election that you won’t need the Likud anymore.
You have President Rivlin on your side who wants an unusual coalition.