Anyone is better than Netanyahu

Mohammad Al-Momani
Mohammad Al-Momeni (Photo: Jordan News)
The majority of observers happily and optimistically received the news of a real chance of ousting Netanyahu from Israeli leadership, and the success of Yair Lapid, the head of the second largest bloc at the Knesset, in forming the “Change Coalition” to lead the next Israeli government.اضافة اعلان

The formation was achieved in the last hour before the ultimatum given to Lapid to form a government, after he convinced far-right politician Naftali Bennett and the leader of the Islamist Arab-Israeli list Mansour Abbas to join his anti-Netanyahu coalition.

A historic image was taken as the three politicians signed the coalition agreement, having put all their political differences aside to take a pragmatic political stance.

The event is historic by all standards, despite legitimate premonitions and pessimism, because for the first time, Arab Israelis are taking part in such a coalition, which is highly important politically, from the standpoint of Arab-Israeli influence, and in terms of them being accepted by key political factions and parties in Israel as decisive partners.

Additionally, after 12 consecutive years, Netanyahu is leaving the scene, after having done huge political and regional damage: leaving behind a trail of hate, animosity, and division, not just domestically in Israel, but between Israel and its neighbors.

Any alternative to Netanyahu would be better, as our experience with him, compared to that of other more radical conservatives, such as Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Shamir, indicates that dealing with Israeli conservatism can be easier, and subject to sensibility and pragmatism, and that the real problem is dealing with the opportunism, pettiness, and chauvinism of Netanyahu.

Just look how Netanyahu brought down ties with the second most important country for Israel after the US; Jordan, leading to ties deteriorating to their worst level yet, and exhibiting political arrogance that was harmful to his country’s interests for selfish electoral and political gains.

The departure of Netanyahu is good news — for Jordan in particular — but he will not be completely gone after the formation of the Change Coalition government; he is a Knesset member, and leader of the legislative body’s largest bloc, so he will continue to stir trouble and create roadblocks for governmental change. And he will spare no effort in bringing down the coalition, which puts more pressure on the leaders of the new government to succeed as an alternative to Netanyahu’s obsolete reign.

Pessimists will say that the coalition is politically weak and with no ideological harmony, brought together solely for the cause of antagonizing and ousting Netanyahu, and that it will fall apart in the face of the first barrier, or ideological or political disagreement.

This logic has some truth and sense to it, as coalition governments are inherently weak, due to the necessity of sustaining compatibility, but we must keep in mind that Netanyahu’s coalition governments were weak as well, which was evident in the four elections held in two years.

We must also remember that the leaders of the new coalition are aware of their poor ideological harmony; and thus, will be keen on keeping away from anything that would break the coalition apart and lead to their failure.

The objective of ending Netanyahu’s reign is the main priority at this point, which is what unites the coalition and its leaders, bringing good to everyone inside and outside Israel. The world and the Middle East will be better off without Netanyahu.

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