Wednesday, July 6

The breakup of the Israeli coalition government leads to the fifth elections in three and a half years

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid -coalition partners- have agreed to call a vote in Parliament next week to dissolve the chamber and call the fifth general election in three and a half years after “exhaust options to stabilize” the diverse government coalition designed in June 2021 to finish off Benjamin Netanyahu.

If the vote goes ahead, Lapid will become interim prime minister until elections are held on October 25, according to haaretz. “A year ago we formed a government that seemed impossible and that stopped the serious paralysis of leadership,” said Bennett. “In recent weeks, we have done what we could to save him. I have had many conversations and I understand that if Parliament is not dissolved in 10 days, Israel’s security is in danger,” he added.

The alliance, made up of eight different parties – from Bennett’s ultra-nationalist right to the left and even including a conservative Islamist Arab party – had a slim parliamentary majority and has been divided on different political issues.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz was the first to respond publicly, stating that “the government has done a very good job” and that “it is a shame that the country is being dragged into elections.”

“The irresponsibility of some parliamentarians in the coalition has brought about the inevitable. The objective in the next elections is clear: to prevent Netanyahu from returning to power,” Justice Minister Gideon Saar said, according to Haaretz.

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