Members of the brand new Israeli authorities put collectively by Naftali Bennett, the brand new prime minister, have referred to their coalition as a “authorities of change.” However an enormous query is whether or not there might be adjustments in Israel’s overseas and protection insurance policies, which have been virtually solely managed by Benjamin Netanyahu since 2009, when he started his final time period in workplace.
A lot of the members of the Bennett safety cupboard have served previously as senior members of the varied Netanyahu cupboards over the previous 12 years, and have backed the outgoing prime minister’s insurance policies: Mr. Bennett was Mr. Netanyahu’s protection minister; Avigdor Lieberman was overseas minister and protection minister; Yair Lapid was finance minister; and Benny Gantz was protection minister, and earlier than that, the chief of employees of the army.
Furthermore, the brand new authorities, composed of events throughout the large political spectrum, just isn’t anticipated to provoke important adjustments on controversial points — just like the Israeli-Palestinian battle and the questions of building an impartial Palestinian state or persevering with to determine settlements within the occupied West Financial institution.
Israel can also be unlikely to considerably change its coverage of waging a so-called “warfare between the wars,” on or near its borders. This contains tons of of Israeli assaults, virtually all from the air, with the goal of stopping the continuation of the army buildup in Syria by Iran and Hezbollah, and the event of superior precision weaponry for the Lebanese Shiite militia.
The coverage was formed by the brand new authorities’s protection minister, Benny Gantz, when he led Israel’s army, along with others. However Mr. Netanyahu’s skill to conduct this warfare with out permitting it to deteriorate to an all-in battle depended partly on his shut ties with President Vladimir V. Putin, which helped stop clashes between Israeli forces and Russian power in Syria.
Mr. Bennet doesn’t have such a relationship with Mr. Putin, and will probably be tough for him to form one in opposition to the background of the stress between Moscow and Washington.
The brand new leaders of Israel, nonetheless, might wish to make some adjustments to differentiate themselves from Mr. Netanyahu, diverging from his path in some areas like relations with the Palestinian Authority, which Mr. Netanyahu needed to weaken.
One attainable such shift might be to comply with the army’s suggestion on the finish of the latest hostilities with Hamas to chop off the stream of funds from Qatar to the Islamist regime in Gaza, and as a substitute direct it to the Palestinian Authority. This might change the stability of energy between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.
One of many first points to confront Mr. Bennet is whether or not to permit a provocative “flag parade” scheduled to be held on Tuesday by means of Arab areas of Jerusalem by ultranationalist Jewish Israelis.
Safety officers have warned that the parade might spark a brand new spherical of Arab-Jewish violence, together with a attainable rocket assault on Israel by Hamas in Gaza, and the predictable Israeli army retaliation.