Israel Approaches Fifth Election In Three And A Half Years, Prime Minister Bennett Announces Dissolution Of Parliament


Israel Heading To Elections: Israel has moved towards its fifth election in three and a half years. In fact, the situation for a new election has arisen after Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and alternative PM Yair Lapid abandoned their efforts to stabilize the coalition on Monday. PM Bennett’s office says government will be dissolved, nation will go to new election.

In a joint statement, Bennett and Lapid said they would bring a bill to vote next Monday to dissolve the Knesset, or parliament. That is, there is a possibility of elections in October. Sources close to Bennett said both aimed to start the election on their own terms and wanted to avoid being coerced by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lapid will remain caretaker PM until the new government comes to power
According to the coalition agreement, Lapid would remain the caretaker prime minister until the election and the new government came to power. He will also greet US President Joe Biden when he arrives in Israel next month. “Once approved, the rotation will be done systematically,” Bennett and Lapid said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, Bennett spoke to Attorney-General Gali Baharav Myara who told him that the West Bank emergency bill cannot be extended beyond the June 30 deadline. Is. Because they had no way of passing the bill, Bennett and Lapid decided that it would be better to dissolve Parliament, which would automatically extend security regulations to the West Bank.

Justice Minister Gideon Saar attributed the government’s collapse to “irresponsible behavior by members of parliament in the coalition”. He said the goal of the next election would be to prevent Netanyahu from returning to power.

Netanyahu still has a chance
There is still a chance that Netanyahu may succeed in forming an alternative government within the current Knesset. This will happen if coalition members (from New Hope and Yamina) switch sides and join Netanyahu’s right-wing faction.

Earlier on Monday, Bennett’s government defeated two no-confidence votes in the Knesset by 57-52 votes on Monday afternoon, despite a rebellion in the Coalition.

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