Did Bennett Change His Mind? Growing Signs He May Run In Next Election

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Bennett and Yamina MKs with Yamina activists. (Spokesperson)

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There are increasing indications that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who was considering leaving politics, has changed his mind and may run for the next Knesset, Channel 12 News reported on Monday evening.

According to the report, there was a change in Bennett’s conduct in the past two days. He seems to be taking action to evaluate his support among the Israeli electorate, spending hundreds of thousands of shekels on voter surveys, sponsored advertising online and on social media, and an organized demonstration of party supporters.

A new internal poll commissioned by Yamina shows that a majority of Bennett’s former voter base, the Dati Leumi public, will not vote for Yamina in another election.

If Bennett does join the election run, he will do so on a “national unity” platform, as he already hinted in interviews by saying that “a completely right-wing government is a disaster.”

He reiterated that view on Monday evening when he and the four remaining Yamina MKs met with a [small] group of Yamina activists on Monday evening.

“A Bibi-Ben-Gvir-Smotrich government is not good for Israel,” Bennett said. “We can’t allow it to happen, and I say this as a right-wing person.”

Bennett also reportedly told the activists that he is remaining in the government after Yair Lapid becomes prime minister and will serve as alternate prime minister and will focus on Iran. Prior reports said that he was considering leaving the government when Lapid entered his position.

A Walla News reporter even posted a leaked ad from Yamina indicating that Bennett is running in the next elections.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Better Ben Gvir than Abbas. Netanyahu is way smarter than Bennett who linked himself to the worst anti-Chareidi policies ever and showered the states enemies with benefits and presents never before seen. Democratically speaking there are more Chareidi Israelis than Arab Israelis so taxing the Chareidim and denying them child care funding etc while increasing benefits to the Israeli Arab community is absurd. Take note Bennett-Lieberman didnt taxing the discos in Tel Aviv etc.

  2. How politically deaf is this guy? Isrealis hate him, he defected and left his base in the dust. Any center-lefty with half a brain should realize there’s nothing but ambition in his ploy to campaign as a more centrist candidate, and he would just as soon move to meretz if he thought it would get him elected. What a joke.

  3. I never cease to be amazed at the narcissistic self-delusion people like Bennett have. He is incredibly egotistical if he genuinely believes we would want this lying traitor in ANY position of power.

  4. there is lots of dirt on the street and stones on the ground all of them are similar to Bennett…..I hope this most evil element runs to America as he so wishes and those who stand by him….don’t ever stand by me