It’s all smoke and mirrors
Even if Ben Gvir is fired or bolts the government, he will continue to support it from the outside because he knows not doing so means new elections in which the Right will be slaughtered. And that is even more so when Labor and Meretz run as one party, as they should, getting 7 or 8 seats, not 4. These seats aren’t taken from other left-wing parties but are merely not thrown out by the undemocratically high election threshold.
Also his threat to not attend security-related meetings in the Knesset is hollow electioneering. Under his reign as Minister of Security, there are record murders of people by close family members and in Muslim areas by criminals and family feuds. It’s fully his failure and no one else’s.
He knows the coalition’s days are numbered. When (when, not if) the also fake negotiations with the president ‘fail’ and the Right tries to push through its judicial reforms after all, the country will see general strikes it’s never seen before. Then the coalition can’t run the country anymore.
Meanwhile, Liberman is saying the Left should stop negotiations with the Right because he knows too, it won’t accomplish anything. So that at the next elections campaign, he can say: I told you so.
Netanyahu is running his last political game. He’s no spring chicken anymore. He’ll go on an overdue pension after this. (At a recent election rally, supporters shouted ‘Ten more years,’ and he made clear that, as far as he was concerned, that wasn’t a blessing.) What then happens is not his concern. He has done more than his fair share. After him, the Deluge. Birkat will run the Likud and figure it out—from the opposition, that is.
Meanwhile, just like in Israel most people understand how vile Ben Gvir’s aims are, in Europe, he’s unwelcome too. He got the plum job representing Israel, not to provoke Europe, but to placate Ben Gvir. It works. He’ll ask more and more and more because he’ll be ‘displeased’ about something.
So, nobody is upset with anybody. Ben Gvir and Netanyahu are still thick as thieves, two of a kind, two peas in a pod, working hand in glove.
Don’t waste your time following the fake news. More importantly, don’t waste your energy getting upset about the make-believe drama. The news outlets are partly to blame because without hype, who’d follow them?
Just prepare your banners and flags for the final showdown with the government. Not for any ‘rift’ between Ben Gvir and Netanyahu, but due to the rift between the coalition and the mostly moderate population.