Decisively Domestic

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Although stated otherwise, the coalition negotiations to form a new government between Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and the surprise of the elections, newcomer Mr. Yair Lapid, have begun in front of television cameras.

Netanyahu has stated (as he has in the past to no avail) that his next new government will push for equality in sharing the burden of military service (to bring the orthodox into the draft), cheaper housing and changing the electoral system – all things that Lapid had championed in his campaign.

So in the publics view – they now feel that Netanyahu can be held accountable because of his dependency upon Lapid in the next government.

Mr. Lapid's first public comments made in a press conference landed him definitively on Netanyahu's side because he rejected Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich's call for what she called an obstructionist bloc to Netanyahu forming the next government.

Lapid's party is also asking for the resumption of diplomatic negotiations, reduction in cost-of-living, reducing number of ministers in the government and a requirement to study a core curriculum in schools.

These demands are in line with the social justice movement in Israel where, for two years, Mr. Netanyahu's government has circumvented action.

Mr. Lapid, using social media heavily in his campaign, captured votes and now is poised to make the next government take action on such issues – decisively domestic.

Should Netanyahu try and skirt these issues, Lapid can bring down the government and position himself as 'the people's leader' and oust Netanyahu from the Premiership.

Brian Bush Middle East Correspondent LeSEA Broadcasting

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