This was not the plan.
Back when he went to early elections last fall, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assumption was that the Likud’s satellites would remain in its orbit, no matter what result the election delivered.
That is how it has always been, with only one exception – which actually proves the rule. In 1992, Shas joined Yitzhak Rabin’s government, back when the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef still espoused Labor’s foreign policy. That arrangement lasted hardly two years, as Shas – sensing its constituency’s disdain for the Oslo Accords – jumped ship.