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Towards the fifth elections in less than four years in Israel

My friend, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and I have decided together to dissolve Parliament and agree on a date for holding new elections.Naftali Bennett said in a speech broadcast on all Israeli channels.

Naftali Bennett and Yaïr Lapid brought together in June 2021 a unique coalition in the history of Israel which brought together right, center and left parties as well as, for the first time, an Arab formation in order to put an end to 12 years of uninterrupted reign of Benyamin Netanyahu at the head of the government.

However, the Bennett-Lapid coalition agreement also provided for a rotation between the two men at the head of the government and the replacement of Mr. Bennett by Mr. Lapid in the event of the dissolution of Parliament.

If the bill to dissolve parliament is passed by lawmakers, Yair Lapid will become Israel’s new prime minister until a new government is formed.

Naftali Bennett puts the interests of the country ahead of personal interestssupported at his side the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who should be Prime Minister during the visit, scheduled from July 13, of American President Joe Biden, his first in Israel since his arrival at the White House, in January 2021.

After exhausting all attempts to stabilize the coalition, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and […] Yaïr Lapid have decided to pass the law [de dissolution du Parlement] in the Knesset next weekthey underline in a press release, specifying that the rotation will be done in an orderly fashion.

This decision reflects the worst political crisis in the political history of Israel, [qui] did not end with the coming to power [de la coalition]according to Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democratic Institute, a Jerusalem-based think tank.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

Photo: AP/Alexander Nemenov

To weaken the coalition, the opposition inflicted a snub on it on June 6 by uniting a majority of votes against a bill intended to extend the application of Israeli law to the more than 475,000 Israeli settlers who live in Occupied West Bank.

In addition, two members of the coalition, a deputy from the Arab Raam party and a deputy from the Meretz party (left), voted against the bill at first reading, thus calling into question the stability of the government led by Naftali Bennett.

With the expiry of this law, Israel risked serious security problems and legal chaos. I couldn’t admit thisdeclared Mr. Bennett, leader of the radical right-wing party Yamina, which concentrates its support precisely among the settlers, to justify the dissolution of Parliament.

475,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank.

Photo: Reuters/Amir Cohen

In force since the start of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, this law is automatically ratified every five years by Parliament.

In the weeks leading up to this vote, the coalition had already lost its majority with the departure of a member of Bennett’s Yamina party. And since this vote, another member of this right-wing formation, Nir Orbach, has threatened to no longer support the government.

In this context, the opposition led by ex-Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, accused of corruption in a series of cases, threatened to table, as of Wednesday June 22, a bill to dissolve Parliament.

However, Mr Bennett’s coalition appeared to want to take the initiative by itself calling for the dissolution of parliament, which would lead to new elections on October 25, according to local media.

: éviter que Nétanyahou revienne au pouvoir et utilise l’État pour ses besoins personnels”,”text”:”Le manque de responsabilité de certains élus de la coalition a amené à ce résultat inévitable. L’objectif des prochaines élections est clair: éviter que Nétanyahou revienne au pouvoir et utilise l’État pour ses besoins personnels”}}”>The lack of accountability of some elected members of the coalition led to this inevitable result. The objective of the next elections is clear: to prevent Netanyahu from returning to power and using the state for his personal needs.said Justice Minister Gideon Saar, who leads the right-wing New Hope party.

For his part, Mr. Netanyahu said he wanted to bring together a right-wing majority in a stable and strong government rather than trying to join an Arab party. It’s clear to all that the most failed government in history is over.he criticized.

The latest polls still place Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud (right) in the lead in voting intentions, but without exceeding the majority threshold (61 deputies out of the 120 in Parliament) with its allies from the ultra-Orthodox parties and the ‘far right.

sièges et cela fait quelques semaines déjà. Donc ce n’est pas comme s’il y avait une tendance favorable”,”text”:”Dans tous les sondages des deux derniers mois, un seul a crédité Nétanyahou et ses alliés de 61sièges et cela fait quelques semaines déjà. Donc ce n’est pas comme s’il y avait une tendance favorable”}}”>In all the polls of the past two months, only one has credited Netanyahu and his allies with 61 seats, and that’s been a few weeks already. So it’s not like there’s a favorable trend towards him, indicated to theAFP Israeli analyst Dahlia Scheindlin.

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