Taking the blame for Idit Silman’s resignation from the coalition, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett reportedly confided in his close staff saying that his strategy towards his party “did not work.”
As the fate of the coalition hangs by a thread with the loss of its majority, Bennett has supposedly vowed to take a more centrist approach toward governance. To do so, he has also hired Shimrit Meir as his diplomatic adviser.
As it stands, Silman’s defection leaves the government with just 60 of 120 seats. In the opposition, there are 54 MKs led by MK Benjamin Netanyahu plus another 6 MKs in the Joint List of mainly Arab parties, who are opposed to Netanyahu. Thus, despite the government now lacking a majority, it is not immediately apparent that there exists a majority to bring it down.
According to a report by Israel’s Channel 12 News, Bennett has begun realizing that the tensions between him and the other Yamina lawmakers did not only stem from a lack of attention on his part, but also from differing opinions about the party’s essence. “There were good achievements but the strategy did not work in the end,” Bennett told his advisors according to the report. “The responsibility, in the end, is on me. Now we’ll have to think about how to fix it.”
During that meeting, Bennett is said to have explicitly pledged a more nationalistic direction to lead to an improvement in the current situation within the party.