Bennett's strategy: Make Smotrich fall guy for Netanyahu losing power

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Bennett's strategy: Make Smotrich fall guy for Netanyahu losing power
Bennett source: "We are working on building a government under Netanyahu and with his bloc. But it can only advance the moment that Smotrich will find a solution to his problem with Mansour Abbas."
By GIL HOFFMAN
APRIL 7, 2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will host Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich followed by political kingmaker Naftali Bennett at his office in Jerusalem on Thursday evening, in meetings that could determine whether he has any chance of forming a government. Sources close to Bennett said he will tell the prime minister he has his full support to form a government and is willing to compromise to make it happen. He will tell him that his plans to form a government in which he would rotate as prime minister with Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid are currently off the table.

“There are no contacts and no talks [with Lapid],” a source close to Bennett said. “We are working on building a government under Netanyahu and with his bloc. But it can only advance the moment that Smotrich will find a solution to his problem with Mansour Abbas.” The sources admitted that Bennett does not believe Netanyahu will be able to form a government. They revealed that his goal in cooperating with Netanyahu was to ensure that Smotrich will take the fall for the prime minister’s failure to build a coalition and thereby legitimize Bennett’s attempt to form a government afterward with Lapid. Smotrich has refused to enter a government that relies on the four MKs of Abbas’s Ra’am (United Arab List) Party, even from outside the coalition.

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