No, Netanyahu is not about rightwing, about conservatism or against the left. He’s not even about the Likud. He’s a bit for capitalism and Jewish Pride but he’s flexible, will travel. What is Bibi really about?
He’s about taking responsibility, being in charge, being the leader rather than being right, having a winning strategy and … winning. He doesn’t really care what ideology his administration would have.
Except for points that almost everyone agrees on. He’s very much for Israel’s safety (who’s not?) and GLBTQ rights (most Israeli’s are). He’s for a great economy and successful international relationships. He presents these things as typically his but they are not. They’re just common sense.
What would it take to get a unity government under Bibi?
He would use his option to search for a unity government to pressure the right to fold quickly enough on his policy ideas. Or he could threaten to bolt unity talks if Blue and White would not compromise fast enough.
So, he could talk for months trying to work out one option and then quickly get to an agreement with the opposite parties.
A unity government would be good for him because the more parties are in, the lesser any philosophy group would hold power over him. The left, the religious, the right, they can all take leave if they don’t like it. But usually, parties like power, so they will stay.
Also, a Likud-Blue and White unity government would make negotiations with Shas, Kulanu and Israel Beitenu real easy. Their demands will be met automatically in the L/B&W compromise. Total seats: 88 from the 120! A great number to carry whatever Bibi wants to accept of the Trump Peace Plan.
BTW: If I were Feiglin, Bennett and Shaked, I would quickly ask Kulanu to join it, If they want any home in Israeli politics in the years to come. Quickly, before Kulanu and the Likud fuse.
In any case, he will give parties the ministerial posts they want most. They will generally fail and get blamed by their constituency for things most dear to them. His hugs are bear hugs.
In any case, time will tell. Stay tuned.