Bennett Stand Strong!

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

Bypassing the Jewish Home party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud has handed over the entire Religious Affairs Ministry, including full power over the religious courts, to the unrepentant former convict Aryeh Deri of the anti-Zionist Shas, effectively reversing the wise and prudent reforms in the conversion system, among others, that had been implemented by Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home).

With the deadline for the forming of a coalition looming, Netanyahu’s sudden fait accompli has certainly presented Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett with a very difficult dilemma. Should he suffice with just the Education Ministry and two lesser ministries, as has been offered by the Likud?

Rightly disturbed by Netanyahu’s sudden capitulation to the corrupt Deri’s demands, Bennett is now demanding the Justice Ministry for MK Ayelet Shaked as compensation. Likud honchos are warning Bennett that they won’t agree to his new demand and that the Likud will instead invite the leftist “Zionist” Forum of Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni to join the coalition, thereby breaking another of Netanyahu’s solemn campaign pledges, specifically that the Likud will not invite the  leftists into the coalition. The Likud spokesmen then went on to loudly declare that the “national religious public would never forgive Bennett” for allowing such a coalition to be formed.

I strongly disagree. The onus should be only on Netanyahu, and Bennett should force his hand. After apparently lying to the national religious public repeatedly about his true intentions, Netanyahu doesn’t deserve its support (nor did he deserve it on Election Day). Bennett should hold firm in his demands. If Netanyahu runs to the Left, it will be clear to all where his real loyalties lie. Clarification is critical, since there is no purpose in entering the Likud-led coalition if its leader, despite his repeated and very vocal campaign vow to form a strong right-wing government with Jewish Home in a “senior position”, is instead looking for a coalition with an emboldened Left.

This is, indeed, a clarification test for Netanyahu. Who does he really want in his coalition?