| 24 May 2024, Friday |

The Arab bloc in Knesset supports Lapid and Bennett alliance to form a national unity government

After the head of the opposition Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, was commissioned to form the government in Israel, local media reported that the United Arab List (Raem) party supports a national unity government.

According to The Times of Israel , the support of the United Arab List headed by Mansour Abbas for a national unity government that combines Lapid with the head of the Yemeni party Naftali Bennett provides a major force for forming a coalition government.

On Sunday, Bennett met Abbas in what was later described as a fruitful meeting, and the two are expected to sit down again Monday with Lapid in an effort to reach a final agreement.

On Wednesday, the Israeli President assigned Lapid to form a government in the country facing a state of political stalemate, against the backdrop of the failure of the Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a government within the 28-day deadline that the president granted him.

After the inconclusive elections in March, the Israeli Knesset split between a bloc of right-wing and religious parties that support Netanyahu to stay in power, and the so-called “change bloc” from the left, center and other right that aspires to oust the prime minister.

If the duo, Lapid and Bennett, succeed in forming a government, this will be the first Israeli government to rely on the support of an Arab party, as the leader of “Raem” is demanding government budgets to combat violent crimes in Arab society and the recognition of three communities in the south of the country.

It is currently considered illegal, in addition to other demands aimed at increasing government activities on behalf of the Arab community.
Reports indicated that the new leader of hope, Gideon Saar, is likely to become justice minister, a position currently held by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, who will continue to be defense minister.

Consultations continue regarding the disputed positions between the parties in the country, according to Channel 12 Israel.

If Lapid fails to form a coalition within the 28-day deadline, which expires on June 2, any member of the Knesset can try to obtain the approval of a majority of lawmakers for the position of prime minister.

If the other 21 days fail to bring about a new coalition again, the country will be forced into the unprecedented scenario of holding a fifth election in two and a half years.