A U.S.-born Israeli author and former politician doesn't believe
a political newcomer has enough experience to challenge Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his job.
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for a
third term in office, his attempts to form a new coalition
government have reportedly gotten off to a rocky start.
Netanyahu's Likud-Yisrael Beitenu bloc won the most seats in
last month's parliamentary election. But with just 31 seats,
Netanyahu needs to bring in multiple coalition partners to secure a
majority of at least 61.
Newcomer Yair Lapid, whose party came out of nowhere to become
the second largest in the Parliament, has told the Israeli media
that he is ready to become the parliamentary opposition leader and
could force new elections that would make him the prime minister
within 18 months. Netanyahu's allies have seized on the reported
comments to depict Lapid as arrogant and intransigent.
David Rubin is the former mayor of
the Israeli town of Shiloh and author of the soon to be released
book Peace for Peace: Israel in the new Middle East. He
says Lapid does come across as somewhat ambitious.
"You have to remember that this fellow Yair Lapid has never been
in the Knesset before," he tells OneNewsNow. "He's a newly elected
member of the Knesset. He has never held a cabinet position. And he
is going to have to get some experience in the political climate
before he starts aiming for the prime ministership."
Rubin says there are a lot of political variables at work and
internal issues bouncing around right now, and he believes it could
take two to four weeks to see which coalition will ultimately
emerge to form a government.