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As PM Bennett dissolves parliament,Israel may have 5th election in 4 years

As PM Bennett dissolves parliament,Israel may have 5th election in 4 years

As PM Bennett dissolves parliament,Israel may have 5th election in 4 years

As PM Bennett dissolves parliament,Israel may have 5th election in 4 years. (credits: Google)

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  • After only a year in office, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has effectively resigned.
  • If enacted, his resignation will lead to a general election later this year.
  • His coalition ally Yair Lapid is now set to succeed him as leader of the Knesset.
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After only a year in office, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has effectively resigned.

Bennett has agreed to present a bill to dissolve parliament, which if enacted will lead to a general election later this year, together with his important coalition ally Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who now appears ready to succeed him as leader as early as next week.

The declaration followed weeks of rising political uncertainty in Israel, but nonetheless came as a significant surprise.

The move was made “after attempts to stabilise the coalition had been exhausted,” according to a brief statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The announcement also stated that a measure would be introduced in parliament sometime next week.

If it is passed, Lapid will become the country’s fourteenth Prime Minister, in line with the initial coalition agreement made last year. Additionally, it indicates that Israel will hold its fifth election in less than four years.

If Lapid is elected leader, one of his first tasks will be getting ready for US President Joe Biden’s visit next month. The President’s travel to the Middle East is still anticipated to take place despite the political upheaval in Israel, according to a senior administration official.

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“Beyond any single government, we have a strategic partnership with Israel. The President anticipates the visit coming up in a month “The White House representative stated.

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The premiership of Benjamin Netanyahu, which had lasted almost twelve and a half years, came to an end when the Bennett-Lapid cabinet was ushered into office in June of last year.

The alliance, which included an Arab party led by Mansour Abbas for the first time, covered the entire political spectrum and was made up of no fewer than eight political groups.

The diverse coalition members agreed to set aside their significant differences in order to work together to prevent Netanyahu — whose corruption prosecution had already started in May 2020 — from remaining in office.

It accomplished a huge domestic feat in November when it passed a state budget for the first time in almost four years.

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However, a number of coalition members have either resigned or threatened to resign in recent weeks, leaving the government without a majority in parliament to approve laws.

When a Knesset resolution to uphold the applicability of Israeli criminal and civil law to Israelis in the occupied West Bank was defeated earlier this month, the political standoff reached a breaking point.

The rule, which is up for renewal every five years, grants Israeli settlers the same rights as Israeli citizens, among other things, and is an article of religion for the coalition’s right-wing members, including Prime Minister Bennett.

Speaking with Lapid on Monday night, Bennett claimed that their government had eliminated the resentment and inaction of the Netanyahu era and restored decency and trust in society.

“We exerted every effort over the past three weeks to keep this government afloat. In our opinion, maintaining it served the interests of the country. We examined every stone, I assure you. We didn’t do this for ourselves; rather, we did it for you, the people of Israel—our lovely country.”

Lapid, for his part, praised Bennett as a courageous and creative leader. And he seemed to issue a stern warning about the risks associated with a return to Netanyahu’s leadership.

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“Returning to the idea of Israeli unity is what we need to accomplish right now. not to allow evil powers to rip us apart from the inside, “said he.

In contrast, Netanyahu was happy and said that the nation was grinning following what he called an evening of excellent news.

“It is evident to everyone that the most miserable government in the history of the country has ended after a hard fight by the opposition in the Knesset and considerable suffering by the Israeli populace.”

The most recent polls show that Netanyahu’s coalition of right-wing and religious parties is performing well, though not well enough to win a majority in parliament, which has encouraged Netanyahu and his followers.

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