Why Is Israel Headed To Its 5th Election In 3 Years?

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Israel IsraelIsrael is heading towards the fifth election in 3 years. The upcoming election could set a stage for the return of the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s fragile and short-lived coalition government announced on Monday to dissolve the Parliament and call for a new election. Israel’s four previous polls between 2019 and 2021 focused on Netanyahu’s fitness to rule the country while facing serious corruption charges. However, the former PM always denied the allegations.

The premiership of Netanyahu was brought to an end after 12 years in power in 2021. He was Israel’s longest-serving leader, serving as prime minister from 2009 to 2021.

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The coalition government would submit a bill next week to dissolve Parliament. Once the bill is passed, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing political alliance Yamina, will step down from the post.

According to the ruling coalition’s power-sharing agreement, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, leader of the liberal centrist Yesh Atid party, will become interim Prime Minister of Israel until a new government is formed. PM Naftali Bennett said that it was not easy to disperse the Israeli Government, but it was the right decision for Israel.

Why does Israel have so many elections?

Political deadlock often leads to a lot of elections in Israel. No single party has ever won enough votes to form a majority in Parliament. The larger parties form coalitions to establish the government in the country.

Bennett had led an unwieldy eight-party coalition made up of political opponents from the right, left and centre to form the government. However, tensions within the coalition over policy issues and pressure from Netanyahu and his allies led two members of  Bennett’s party to quit the coalition. This led to political deadlock.

When is the next election and who will run?

Reportedly, no date has yet been set for the election. However, it can take place in late October or early November. The leader of the party who gets the most votes is usually granted the first chance to form a government in Israel.

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