Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government is likely to be strong, and is likely to be one of the most homogenous ones ever in Israel’s history. Al Monitor reports:
The election results reshuffled the deck. Netanyahu is entering his fourth term in office as a triumphant victor. He is like the legendary phoenix, starting his new life stronger than ever. He heads the largest faction in the Knesset, and the 30 seats that he controls give him a comfortable infrastructure on which to build a coalition. Even within the Likud, his position is excellent. Party members, who up until a few days ago were cooperating openly with various behind-the-scenes efforts to depose Netanyahu after the elections, now worship him. All the internal plotting and unrest have been obliterated in one fell swoop. That is why Netanyahu is not expected to have any major difficulties in forming a new government.
People often forget that Likud—and Netanyahu—have played a major role in the economic reforms that more than anything else have facilitated Israel’s rise in recent years. The ‘start-up nation,’ whose revolutionary tech advances make it a preferred partner not only for American companies but for companies (and defense ministries) all over the world, could only come into being as the Israeli blue state, built up over many decades by the once-hegemonic, quasi-socialist Old Labor movement built by the left-leaning Ashkenazi Jews from eastern and central Europe who played the most important role in Israeli politics until the 1970s, was eclipsed.Netanyahu’s new coalition is likely to provide him with the support he would need to further dismantle the blue Israeli state establishment and open up the economy. That in the long run could have more impact on Israel’s future than the state of relations with any given U.S. president.