Bennett breaks anti-Arab vow in meeting with PM - report


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Bennett breaks anti-Arab vow in meeting with PM - report
Netanyahu invited Bennett to Balfour in ‘charm offensive’ for the first time since the Yamina leader entered politics in 2012.
APRIL 9, 2021

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett reportedly revealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met on Thursday night that he would be willing to give up his campaign promise to not sit in a government backed by the Ra’am (United Arab List) Party in order to prevent a fifth election. Two days before the election, Bennett vowed to veto Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas as a coalition partner and dared Netanyahu to do the same. But now neither Netanyahu, nor the opposing political bloc, can form a government without Abbas. Breaking the promise serves Bennett politically, because it could help him put the blame for Netanyahu failing to form a government on Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich, who is still ruling out Abbas. Legitimizing Abbas as a partner now could enable Bennett to do it again for a coalition he hopes to build himself after Netanyahu’s four-week mandate from President Reuven Rivlin runs out on May 4.