The partners have many wishes with little antipathies
I see two reasons for its prolonged survival. 1. Every coalition partner gets something. This way, you can consolidate your constituency.
And 2. this is possible because the partners of this coalition are mostly motivated by what they want, not by what they don’t want.
Bibi wanted most money for the rich and little socialism.
But, the left has learned to get money to most people and not worry about or touch the superrich.
Bibi wanted to fight against the pandemic and for jobs: compromises.
Bennett didn’t feel strongly about either. With the vaccines, it worked out.
The Haredi parties wanted to make the state as halachic as possible and block secularization.
The Bennett group wants a place for everyone, and no one gets to dictate everything for everyone.
Bibi wanted Jews first.
Bennett wants everyone to get something. Hey, it works.
They now miss a couple of Knesset seats for a majority. So, they’ll invite a couple of others to join. No compromises. Don’t look at the plates of others. Don’t start about red lines. Name a few things that are important for you. When we all agree, you get your needs met. The rest of the program you ceremoniously approve as an investment for your wish list.
I don’t see early elections at all. That was in the old system of red lines, painful compromises, with power-hungry control freaks.
Bennett introduced win-win into Israel.
The opposition parties can all join on one condition: that they mind their own business.
The Haredi parties want more money for their institutions. Fine. Just, don’t complain about civil marriage and the IDF.
Does the Likud want a stronger West Bank? Fine. Just don’t protest money that goes to the Muslim settlements and the Negev Bedouin.
Live and let live. The blood of democracy. They don’t want ‘to compromise,’ read: stop telling other people how to live? Fine. But you might not stay in the opposition. You might find yourselves outside of the Knesset when it decides that anti-democrats can’t stand for election.
Opposition members are dreaming when they theorize about Netanyahu’s speedy return. They live in the past. None of the right-wingers in the coalition would return to Bibi who’d make them compromise.
I hope that this analysis has at least annoyed some readers. Too much political analysis is read in the hope to find a writer who thinks like us.