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Four Netanyahu antagonists could join forces against him

Four main rivals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — Yair Lapid, Gideon Saar, Avigdor Liberman and Naftali Bennett — could join forces after the March elections to establish a government without him.

Four political rivals populate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s worst nightmares. They are Yisrael Beitenu party leader Avigdor Liberman, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, New Hope party leader Gideon Saar and Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett. Bennett, the weak link in this chain, holds the keys to Netanyahu’s fate on the day after the March 23 elections, once work begins on forming a new government.

Netanyahu fears a scenario in which this foursome reaches agreement in principle to cooperate the day after in order to withhold from him the majority he needs to form a government. Of the four, Bennett is the only one who has been noncommittal as to whether he would join a Netanyahu-led government after the elections.

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