The Jerusalem Post

How to succeed


The government that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett began managing on Monday is not the first “unity” government in Israel with huge ideologica­l difference­s between parties on the Right and the Left.

Levi Eshkol’s unity government that preceded the Six Day War included Mapam on the hard Left and Menachem Begin’s Gahal on the hard Right. The Shamir-Peres rotation government of 1984 included the Alignment on the Left and Likud on the Right.

Even Netanyahu’s government in 2013 included Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah on the Left side of the spectrum and Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi on the Right side – certainly not as diverse as the current government, but diverse nonetheles­s.

What distinguis­hed each of those government­s from the current

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