Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government fell almost this week. According to new reports, it was saved thanks to mental intervention.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned last week and pulled his party "Yisrael Beitin" out of the coalition in protest over what many consider to be an early ceasefire during the last Gaza war. Immediately thereafter, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett also threatened to step down from government with his Jewish home party if he was not appointed as the new defense minister. It would have left the netanyahu with a minority coalition and make early elections impossible to escape.
Netanyahu struggled to insist on a bold security crisis that was not exposed by the public, but it demanded that it retain its government for as long as possible.
Many were not sure. Among them was the spiritual leader of the Bethlehem Jewish House faction – the rabbi Hamas Drukmen.
According to Hadashot TV reports, residents of Netanyahu, including the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben Shabbat, were seeking a rabbin's help to save the ruling coalition from collapse. Druckmans responded that he needed evidence of what Netanyahu said about a striking crisis was right, and therefore he seemed to have been classified security information.
The next day Bennett called for a press conference and announced that he had reduced his ultimatum and would remain in Netanyahu under the rules of Netanyahu.
PHOTO: Bennett and Rabbi Druckmans in 2013, confirming that the Jewish Home Party will join Netanyahu's government. (Yossi Zeliger / FLASH90)
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