The old saying “the wife runs the house” may be more true in case of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu than he would like the nation to know. As the sun begins setting over Yerushalayim, the coalition deal is not signed and sealed as it was hoped would be the case, apparently due to Mrs. Sara Netanyahu’s objections to appointing Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett a deputy prime minister.
It appears Mrs. Netanyahu bears a major grudge against Bennett dating back to the day when he served as the prime minister’s bureau chief in 2006-2008. According to a Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) report, if Bennett is not crowned deputy prime minister, then Yair Lapid will face the same fate. As such, for now, the coalition deal is stalled due to the prime minister’s wife insistence on taking out her wrath against Bennett.
Senior Likud negotiators have released benign statements to the media seeking to cover for the embarrassing hang up in completing the talks but what is for certain is, the fact that the clock is running out for the prime minister for he must present his coalition to Knesset before Shabbos if he is going to get in under the expiration on motzei Shabbos.
Officials in Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid are quoted by Maariv as saying “something here does not smell right.” Senior Likud officials call the report blaming the stalled talks on Mrs. Netanyahu “a lie”, labeling it another attempt to besmirch Mrs. Netanyahu’s name.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)