Jerusalem24– The Israeli government is currently facing both internal and external crises – both after its most recent decision not to open a criminal probe into the killing of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and following Ghaida Al-Zoabi’s announcement of her resignation last Thursday from the Israeli government coalition.
The resignation caused an uproar in the government that the opposition tried to exploit.
Al-Zoabi will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid today Sunday, according to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot.
Zoabi was subjected to intense pressure over the last three days in order to prevent the dismantling of the coalition, according to the newspaper. Zoabi has reportedly agreed to push for certain demands in return, which she will present to Lapid today.
In an interview with Jerusalem24, Israeli affairs analyst Chris Whitman posed the question, “Can she withstand the pressure internally and externally?”
He added, “It’s not the Israeli right that is pressuring her… They are cheering her on. They have been hoping to see the government coalition fail.”
Yesterday, dozens of Israelis demonstrated in front of Zoabi’s house demanding she not withdraw from the coalition to prevent a return to power by Benjamin Netanyahu. The protestors remained at the scene until Zoabi came out and asserted she would study how to resolve the situation.
Sources in the Israeli government coalition said that the crisis is currently gearing itself towards a solution. However, the atmosphere within the coalition remains fraught. It is not known to what extent the government will be able to last as long as every Knesset member is able to exert pressure on the coalition.
Listen to today’s full episode of Wake Up Palestine for further analysis of the situation.