Analysis: The Bibi-Bennett-Adelson triangle

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swooped in at the last minute to block Bayit Yehudi’s bill making it nearly impossible to divide Jerusalem, one could be forgiven for thinking a coalition crisis was brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett had been hyping the bill for weeks – but when it didn’t end up going to a vote, he didn’t threaten to rock the coalition in any way. Bennett just said his party would persist in trying to push the bill through.

When it comes to Netanyahu and Bennett, drama is almost to be expected, as the two have long been at odds with one another.

Yet Bennett was almost uncharacteristically calm after Netanyahu stopped the bill.

That calm could very well be the confidence that comes with knowing a major power-player has your back. Continue reading

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