Smotrich goes on attack against idea of Bennett-led left-wing government, Ra’am

Religious Zionism party head Bezalel Smotrich is lashing out at fellow right-wing party leader Naftali Bennett, accusing him of undermining right-wing rule by planning on relying on left-wing and Arab-led parties to form a governing coalition.

A government led by Bennett would be great, Smotrich writes in a statement, but “it won’t actually preserve the right-wing agenda because the other side is not dumb and once they don’t need Bennett to get [Benjamin] Netanyahu out of the way, they will demand the leadership,” he claims, predicting “a disaster in the medium and long term.”

Smotrich also attacks the Islamist Ra’am party, seen as an essential piece to any coalition Netanyahu would seek to form, saying that it will lead to increased Arab political participation, which the far-right leader also terms problematic.

“Ra’am is the enemy and the enemy is not a legitimate political partner in any way,” he writes.