Components of coalition cabinet
On the evening of Wednesday, June 2, Yair Lapid, the 57-year-old chairman of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, informed Israel’s President Rowan Rivlin, that he was ready to form a coalition cabinet without participation of Netanyahu and with the consent of the leaders of other seven parties. In a letter to Rivlin, Lapid wrote that he will do everything in his power to unite and integrate all sections of the Israeli society.
The new cabinet will consist of the following parties and will have a rotating mode: 1. The right-wing Yesh Atid party, led by Yair Lapid, who has a background in journalism, writing, TV presenter and newscaster; 2. The right-wing Yemina party led by Naftali Bennett, who served as Israel’s Minister of Education from 2015 to 2019 and as Israel’s Minister of Defense from 2019 to 2020; 3. The newly founded New Hope party, led by Gideon Sarr, a former member of the Likud party known for his extremism; 4. The Israel Our Home party, led by Avigdor Lieberman, who represents the settlers; 5. The Labor Party, led by General Benny Gantz, who commanded the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces from 2011 to 2015; 6- The “United Arab List” coalition led by “Mansour Abbas”, the leader of “Raam” party; 7- The “Blue and White” party led by Gantz and Lapid, which is accompanied by a group of Zionist political military, including Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi; 8. Meretz Social Democratic Party led by Zahava Gal-On.
According to an agreement reached between the leaders of the eight parties, the post of prime minister will be rotated for a two-year term between Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid.
Perspective of coalition cabinet
Formation of a coalition cabinet in the Zionist regime, although seemingly an effective measure to remove internal and political obstacles to the formation of a government in Israel, should not be considered as the end or solution of political problems within the fake Israeli regime.
It should be noted that the eight-member coalition that formed the new cabinet has only one thing in common, and that is the removal of Netanyahu from the post of prime minister. In simpler terms, “the end of Netanyahu’s rule” is the common denominator of the coalition, which consists of a heterogeneous and sometimes conflicting group of moderate, right-wing, left-wing, social-democratic and, strangely enough, a party of Arabs! The fact that there is no common ground or view among the supporters of Yair Lapid or Naftali Bennett or some other parties is an issue that could pose major challenges to the Zionist regime.
Another challenge is the support of 120 members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) for the coalition government. It is not yet clear whether a majority of Knesset members will support the Lapid-Bennett coalition cabinet. It is worth noting that the “Likud” party led by Netanyahu, although failed to form a cabinet, in the March elections was able to send the most representatives to the Knesset! This is a wake-up call for the coalition cabinet, which could face challenges if it comes to power.
The next challenge is Netanyahu’s tough stance on the coalition government. Netanyahu called it a “fraud of the century” in response to the formation of a coalition cabinet. If Netanyahu, who has become an opposition figure, continues to oppose the coalition cabinet, we may see another political crisis in the coming months. In this regard, the newspaper “Israel Hume” published a report on this issue and called on the Zionists, “be ready for a civil war!”
Approach of axis resistance to new cabinet
Netanyahu’s ouster from presidency and the formation of a coalition cabinet will not change the anti-Zionist approach of the Islamic Resistance and the Palestinians. Although the new cabinet (which is not without its challenges) may have different approaches and measures than Netanyahu in the field of internal affairs of the occupying regime, in the face of the Palestinian issue and the resistance groups, it will exactly put the same strategies and policies on the agenda that existed in the Netanyahu era and before him. Naftali Bennett, who is set to take power in the occupied territories as a rotating cabinet, is a strong supporter of Zionist settlements and a staunch opponent of a Palestinian state. “I will do everything I can to ensure that they never have a state,” he said of the creation of a Palestinian state in 2012. According to him, it is wrong to talk about the occupation of the West Bank by Israel because there has never been a Palestinian state. Last year, after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Iran, he said that he did not know who was responsible for this incident, but “the world is a safer place without him [Mohsen Fakhrizadeh].” A few months earlier, he had promised during his campaign that he would oust Iranian forces from Syria within a year and turn the country into “Vietnam” for Tehran. He also called for his country’s “Cold War” with Iran, saying Tehran was responsible for “70 percent of Israel’s security problems.
The positions, policies and actions of the Zionist regime in the face of all the fundamental issues of Palestine do not change with the change of identity and the structure of the government in the occupied territories. All parties involved in the formation of the new cabinet of the occupier regime claim that the city of Quds (occupied western part of 1948 and occupied eastern part of 1967) is the eternal capital of Israel, and that Judaism and settlement building in Palestine must continue and Palestinians have not the right to an independent Palestinian state and full sovereignty over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with the centrality of Holy Quds.
Thus, the approach of the Palestinian resistance groups and the Islamic Resistance Front in general to the new cabinet is the one that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) explicitly, clearly and decisively stated: The identity of any future government in Israel will not change the nature of conflict with that occupying regime. This is an occupying regime that must be resisted.
Structural and executive changes within the occupying regime in Quds cannot disrupt or affect the process and nature of the anti-Zionist struggle of the resistance axis and the militant Palestinian groups. The liberation of Holy Quds from occupation and the end of more than 7 decades of aggression and occupation is the ultimate goal of all the Islamic resistance groups in Palestine. Determining the fate of the Palestinian people through a referendum proposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran in November 2019 and registered with the United Nations Secretariat is a fundamental mechanism for achieving this great goal; as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated: Original Palestinian residents of all ethnicities and religions – either Muslim or Christians and Jews, because some of the Palestinians are Muslims, some are Christians, some are Jews – should vote (the referendum) and the political system, which has been chosen by them, should come to power and that system will rule over the entire Palestine.