Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sparing no effort to postpone ‎the elections, but what you want is not always necessarily what is ‎good for you. ‎

Netanyahu’s desire to push the elections ‎as much as possible towards their due date, November 2019, ‎stems from his desire to distance himself as much as possible from ‎last week’s debacle in the Gaza Strip and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor ‎Lieberman’s subsequent resignation as defense minister. ‎

Netanyahu has repeatedly said that there is no reason to bring ‎down a right-wing government, but Habayit Hayehudi believes ‎otherwise. The national-religious party believes that prolonging the ‎inevitable will harm the right’s rule far more than artificially ‎resuscitating the coalition. There is no way of knowing who is correct, ‎making it difficult to understand why Netanyahu and Habayit ‎Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett are digging in their heels. ‎

Meanwhile, the government is rapidly fraying at the seams. ‎Lieberman has already pulled out and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who will soon ‎present the government with a plan for massive cuts in the ‎budgets of all ministries, said Saturday that to prevent early ‎elections, Netanyahu would have to pull a rabbit out of his hat. ‎

Any trick that Netanyahu has will have be to an astounding ‎one, as all signs indicate the snap elections train has left the ‎station. ‎

But the prime minister is holding his ground. Those who think that blaming ‎the fall of a right-wing government on Likud’s coalition partners is ‎part of the predictable, pre-election campaign blame game should ‎think again. ‎

Netanyahu really has no interest in holding early elections. When he meets with Kahlon on Sunday afternoon, he will spare no ‎effort to prove to him that a 61-MK coalition can successfully forge ‎ahead. It is doubtful that these efforts will prove ‎successful because the one common interest that has held the ‎coalition together until now—the desire to see this term through—no longer exists.‎

Mentally, Bennett, Kahlon and Shas leader Aryeh Deri have all ‎accepted that snap elections are coming, and this united front may ‎prove a challenge for Netanyahu.‎

Those looking to assign blame for the government’s impending end ‎need look no further than Lieberman. ‎

His adamant denials aside, Lieberman supported a ceasefire with ‎Hamas, the transfer of Qatari aid funds to Gaza, and allowing ‎the Hamas regime in the coastal enclave to stand—all before bolting. ‎This will not prevent him from excoriating and trying to out-right ‎Likud and Habayit Hayehudi during the election campaign, as he ‎sets new records in hypocrisy.

Mati Tuchfeld writes for Israel Hayom.