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Change government joins casualties of conflagrations around Israel

Yamina head Naftali Bennett must realize that in the worsening security chaos, his base will never support him heading an anti-Netanyahu government.
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Yamina chair Naftali Bennett announced May 13 that he was abandoning plans to form a new government and send Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the opposition. The country was in flames, with Arabs lynching Jews and Jews lynching Arabs, all while Israel was waging another war against Hamas.

Since then, Bennett has practically vanished from the public eye, making no public appearances to explain his recent moves. Instead, he informs the country through briefings to the press. Bennett now says the proposed new government would not be able to meet the country’s current challenges, particularly the state of emergency in Israel’s Jewish-Arab mixed cities.

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