Walking back voter fraud claim, Likud commits to ‘peaceful transfer of power’ – The Times of Israel

Posted By on June 11, 2021

TV analyst: Netanyahu not yet reconciled to losing power, but his Likud MKs are

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not yet reconciled to losing power, but his Likud party MKs generally are, Channel 12s political correspondent Yaron Avraham says.

Netanyahu is still battling Hes still hoping that something will go wrong [in the eight-party coalition set to be sworn in Sunday] that therell be another [Avichai] Chikli the Yamina MK who has said he will vote against the new government. He hasnt given up.

Avraham notes that Netanyahu has no intention of quitting politics if the new government wins Knesset approval. Hell go into the opposition And Im not sure therell be a [festive] ceremony [when he hands over power to Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett].

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, on June 6, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

As for Likud MKs, says Avraham, however, they are already eyeing which Knesset committee roles they might seek, and how theyll be able to build their [personal] power bases in subsequent Likud primaries.

So, Id distinguish between Likud, where there is reconciliation [to the imminent end of their term in office], and the man who is still at the top, for whom the penny has not yet dropped.

Leading Likud MKs Miki Zohar and David Bitan have both acknowledged in the past two days that the so-called change government, which anticipates a 61-59 majority, is likely to win Knesset approval. Channel 12 says the two members of Taal faction of the mainly Arab Joint List might not vote against the new coalition, potentially enabling a 61-57 majority for the incoming Bennett-Yair Lapid coalition, with two abstentions.

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