Expert: Netanyahu likes leftist coalition partners

Professor Avi Diskin, an expert on political science at Hebrew University, told Arutz Sheva on Tuesday that he is not surprised by the fact that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was seeking coalition partners from the left, as evidenced by his offer to Yesh Atid to join the coalition at the expense of Jewish Home.

Despite this, Diskin predicted, there would be no change to the make-up of the coalition in the immediate future.

"It's no secret that the Prime Minister has always preferred partners from the left, that happened in 2009, when he tried to bring Kadima led by [Tzipi] Livni, although the right had a majority and at the end he went with Labor," reminded Diskin.

"There is no doubt that the Jewish Home’s joining the coalition at the last minute and [Naftali] Bennett's ability to take advantage of the situation and get the Ministries of Education and Justice did not please the Prime Minister," he continued, in reference to the make-up of the current coalition.

At the same time, Diskin said he does not see, as of this moment, evidence of changes to the government or another election.

"Narrow coalitions do not necessarily have short lives. You have to remember that the current terror wave strengthens the right, which is why Lapid is acting wisely these days when he avoids attacking the government," he noted.

"As the terror wave becomes stronger, so does the right become stronger as well. The State of Israel has been living in terror in all its history, so I do not currently see the probability of dissolution of the coalition," continued Diskin.

Diskin said he believes that the key to any change is actually opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, who has thus far declared he will not join the coalition.

"If there is a change in Herzog’s position, and he wants to join, there's a chance for the establishment of such a government. Such a government would certainly be advantageous from an international perspective, but even though it will be more broad, it will not necessarily be more stable," he noted.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202894

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