Bennett’s unbreakable glass ceiling

The second week of the explosion of Saar and his new party brought another wave of waves with the addition of Yifat Shasha Bitton. Saar managed to attach the remnants of all of us, and who became the symbol of the war to run the corona from within the coalition. The one who stands closest to this shock wave is Naftali Bennett who once again flew backwards and was found blocked under the 12-seat ceiling.

Saar’s outburst reminded Bennett that no matter how much he wanted to be a general right-wing party, in the end everyone sees him as the dome. The secular right in Israel may have flocked to it at first after getting tired of Netanyahu, but now the picture becomes clear that Bennett was just a default. From the beginning of Bennett’s political career he has been trying to revive religious Zionism through the unification of forces with the secular right, but Shaked’s entry into the religious party has benefited somewhat to almost no avail. Bennett also tried very hard to get rid of the image of the head of the knitted sector, but in real time when he ran alone with the new right he stayed out of the Knesset.

Bennett has since realized that he must not abandon the base, which is still willing to embrace it despite the abandonment, and has returned to running at the top of the sector. The last round of elections showed that Bennett was indeed in control of the political aspect of the sector when he vetoed the accession of Jewish power, and the unwillingness to accept the authority of the rabbis. Another example is the choice to become a militant opposition that proved to be worthwhile, while the Jewish House that chose to stay with Netanyahu apparently buried itself with this move. But despite this Bennett realized that he still could not refer to the home front sector so he left Smutrich close by to keep in mind that he was still interested in votes that would let him pass the blocking percentage.

The war for Shasha Bitton’s heart could have greatly helped Bennett if she had joined him, but in the end Smutrich’s presence rejected her. Saar’s independent run in the election escaped the voices of support for Bennett and Lieberman as well, and the secular right crowned him a new king. There was a similar event in the elections for the 20th Knesset, so Moshe Kahlon and we all won 10 seats and dropped Bennett’s success from 12 seats to 8 seats. Like Bennett there are many in the sector who want to go beyond the boundaries of the house and find a home in the Likud and in blue and white, and indeed the current government is the government with the most ministers with a knitted cap on its head. But Bennett is right that he still insists on running alone, because all the domed ministers did not prove themselves to care about the sector, but rather more soldiers of the party chairman they stand under.

Bennett now faces a dilemma from which every choice comes at a significant price: he will either join the storm or continue to run independently with Smutrich. The first option may help Bennett to be portrayed as a general right-wing leader, but on the other hand he will lose his leadership and be forced to align himself with the authority of another, which will probably not be acceptable to him. On the other hand alone he can not run, he needs Smutrich and the religious voices to ensure he stays in the Knesset. But running with Smutrich is also a weight for him, he will have to continue to be the face of the sector and continue to hope that maybe one day he will pass the 12 seats.