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The government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Israel is likely to collapse in the coming weeks, according to a Haaretz report on 9 May.
According to informed sources, Bennett held a meeting with a senior policy adviser on what to do in the event of the resignation of his government, and in strategies in case of a new election.
The sources stated that Bennett himself believes his government will resign in the coming weeks.
The Israeli premier and his adviser allegedly discussed the possibility of dissolving the Knesset and using the support of the Arab Joint List to maintain his position in the government.
If Bennett can still count on the support of the bloc led by current foreign minister Yair Lapid, then Bennett can remain prime minister, the report added.
On 6 April, the resignation of a Member of Knesset (MK) led to Bennett losing his parliamentary majority, putting his coalition government in a state of uncertainty regarding its longevity.
The Bennett government has been mired in a serious of setbacks and embarrassments as Palestinian retaliatory operations against the Israeli occupation have reached new heights.
Small operations involving one or two people and small weapons have shaken the Israeli security establishment to its core.
A large-scale shooting attack on Israeli settlers in Tel Aviv by one Palestinian from Jenin, Raad Hazem, on 7 April left several dead and wounded.
On 29 April, two shooters killed an Israeli soldier guarding an illegal settlement, known as Ariel, in the Salfit governorate, before escaping. The shooters were able to evade capture for an extended period of time.
A stabbing operation in the settlement of Elad took place on 4 May during a celebration of Israel’s so-called Independence Day. The attackers were not found until a few days later.
These retaliatory operations come in response to the escalation of violence against Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. Israeli forces also violated the rights of Christians seeking to celebrate Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar pledged that any existential threat to Al-Aqsa would turn into a regional war that would involve allied nations and groups in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.
The growing strength of Palestinian resistance movements has flustered the Bennett government, especially in the West Bank, not previously known to carry out armed resistance operations.