It appears that Benjamin Netanyahu has a clear path to forming a coalition – and not merely a shaky one-seat majority, but a government with a substantial two to nine seats above the halfway mark depending on the final outcome.
However, the star of the 2022 election is indisputably Itamar Ben Gvir – the “monster phenomena” of the election, as one analyst put it. And Ben Gvir is not even the head of the Religious Zionism slate which surged to No. 3 in the Knesset.
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21
But the spotlight of all Israel is entirely on him at the moment.
While in the last four elections “Anyone but Bibi” was an adequate slogan using Netanyahu’s common nickname, Ben Gvir offered a clear message, political analyst Aviv Bushinsky said during a Media Central briefing on Wednesday.
“This is the main issue of the elections: People from even the Center and Left suddenly saw (Ben Gvir) as their their messiah,” Bushinsky said. “Itamar Ben Gvir – out of the entire political parties in the Knesset – had a clear message. You can argue whether it is right… but many people, mainly young people, adhered to him because it was clear.”
Ben Gvir galvanized right-wing support and drew votes from Likud, the ultra-Orthodox parties and even center and left-wing parties. He addressed the lack of internal security, capitalized on the current government’s reliance on an Arab party in the coalition and a feeling among Israelis that they are losing their national pride, Bushinsky said.
This ascent up the political ladder came while other core right wingers including Avigdor Liberman, Gideon Sa’ar and Naftali Bennett were stuck on the “anyone but Bibi” message. Meanwhile, the polished and experienced slate presented by Defense Minister Benny Gantz – the National Unity party – did not offer a compelling counter message either.
The Ben Gvir phenomenon is what fueled more Israelis to vote yesterday than in the previous four elections …
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