The only way Israel can avoid a third national election in a row is to break up the political representations as they are now sitting in the Knesset. The only one who can take this initiative is the Israeli President.
I’m not looking at the person of the current head of the Jewish State. More than if this President would do this is the issue that his office is supposed to be a unifying party above the interests-beholden political fray. That is a position of moderation, not of shaking things up. Will he act outside of the box? Unlikely, unless …
Netanyahu doesn’t really want the center-left bloc Blue and White. Which doesn’t want the Likud-right-wing combi. But there is a third way.
Lieberman doesn’t want the Arab and the religious parties but everyone else is welcome — a vast majority. He’s a good negotiator. He can try to get all the compromise-minded pragmatic non-extremist Members of Knesset in one boat. There are plenty! That would break up most of the fractions. (A broken fraction still doesn’t have to be a splinter.) So what?
Rivlin doesn’t have any other alternative — besides having Israel vote again which he said he doesn’t want. Lieberman again would get more seats and the stalemate would continue. A waste of time and money.
But, if breaking up the fractions is the only viable alternative, it is not revolutionary. It is rather the natural thing to do.
So, the President should ask Lieberman to try form a coalition of all Members of Knesset who are interested to join him on personal title.
Mr. President, all our hopeful eyes are looking at you.