“Let us focus, especially in the weeks ahead, on what unites us and not what divides us,” Bennett said. “There is no point in rocking the boat. Even when you are dying to respond and you are sure you are right, think about the wider goal. The nation has had enough disputes and petty arguments, and expects us, members of the cabinet and coalition, to be different. I am convinced we can succeed.”
But Stern dropped out of the agency race last week following a dispute over his admission that he shredded anonymous sexual harassment complaints while serving as the head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate. It remains to be seen what can be done to prevent Avidar from rebelling against the coalition.
Meretz MK Mossi Raz responded to Bennett that he agrees that coalition MKs should not focus on issues they disagree on. But he said there should be no dispute over violence, and that the prime minister and his government should unite in condemning what he called a “pogrom” by settlers against Palestinians in the village Burin.
Bennett will be speaking about violence on Monday at a special Knesset session on the 26th anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. The meeting will also be addressed by former prime minister and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy, and ministers Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Gideon Sa’ar and Merav Michaeli. President Isaac Herzog will attend.