Israelis at the moment are debating what position the Balfour protests might have performed in unseating Mr. Netanyahu, who spent 12 consecutive years in workplace, and 15 general, and in breaking the political impasse that despatched Israelis to the poll field 4 instances in two years.
Now the chief of the opposition, Mr. Netanyahu skipped the standard handover ceremony, merely assembly Mr. Bennett alone for half an hour on Monday. He has vowed to convey down Mr. Bennett’s authorities, which he has branded as “left-wing.”
The prime minister’s workplace couldn’t instantly say when the Netanyahus may go away Balfour. An individual near the household, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate personal affairs, stated the topic had not come up for dialogue however famous that some earlier prime ministers had acquired a grace interval of as much as two months earlier than vacating the residence.
Named for Arthur Balfour, the British overseas secretary whose declaration greater than a century in the past laid the diplomatic foundations for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, Balfour Road turned a byword for what detractors noticed because the more and more polarizing, anti-democratic and monarchical impulses of Mr. Netanyahu, his spouse, Sara, and their elder son, Yair. Many noticed them as having royal delusions. Battling corruption expenses, Mr. Netanyahu railed towards the police, the mainstream information media and the judiciary and accused them of plotting to overthrow him.
The time period “Balfour” additionally got here to indicate a political idea recognized by Ben Caspit, an Israeli commentator and writer of two Netanyahu biographies. Within the prime minister’s circles, Mr. Caspit stated, individuals started to talk of which insurance policies or selections would or wouldn’t win the approval of “the home,” which at first meant Ms. Netanyahu, and in more moderen years, additionally referred to Yair Netanyahu.
“It was a three-member board of administrators,” Mr. Caspit stated in an interview, “and Bibi didn’t have a majority.”
The individual near the Netanyahu household stated that whereas Ms. Netanyahu and Yair Netanyahu expressed their opinions, he had by no means seen any extraordinary interference in decision-making to justify the fame that they had gained.