Weekly Commentary: Netanyahu Coalition May Benefit Yisrael Beiteinu
Dr. Aaron Lerner 4 November 2022
While Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beitenu (“Israel is our Home”) party did
not fare well this week in the elections they have the potential to enjoy a
meteoric rise if the Netanyahu coalition government fails to perform.
And Liberman can do this without changing his "brand".
If the religious parties get their way, we could find ourselves over the
course of the next five years with the Government offering huge
disincentives for Hareidi men to work by dramatically increasing income
These benefit programs will not be available to most families in which both
the husband and wife work on the books as their combined income would be
over the maximum for qualifying as a poor family.
Add to that we would have five years in which there would be an ideological
opposition on the part of some elements of the coalition to giving young men
the tools (English and math) to be able to be productive workers in the
future with this opposition expressed in stripping any incentive to learn
English or math.
Liberman has taken a strong stand on this to date and is essentially alone
now since the leftist parties in the opposition openly said in the last
elections that they are basically willing to meet any and all demands of the
Hareidi parties if that is what it would take to get the Hareidis to join
them in a coalition.
Liberman also is in a good position to ridicule the Netanyahu coalition if
massive illegal Palestinian construction continues in Area C while Jewish
construction continues as a snail's pace.
And there is much more.
Hopefully, Netanyahu finds a way to manage not to warrant such criticism
despite the composition of his coaltion.
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