Jerusalem-Israel’s coalition government is urgently pushing for a bill to dissolve parliament this week, setting up a country for the fifth election in three years, the Cabinet Minister said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Monday that a year after taking office, he would dissolve the alliance of eight ideologically diverse political parties and send the country to polls. A series of asylums from his Yamina party stripped the majority coalition in the Israeli parliament known as the Knesset.
Earlier this month, Bennett cited the coalition’s failure to extend the law giving settlers on the West Bank a special legal status as a major driver of the new elections. His major ally, Foreign Minister Yair Rapid, will be the caretaker’s prime minister until the new government is formed in the aftermath of the upcoming elections in October.
Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, a member of Yesh Atid’s party in Rapid, told Israeli public broadcaster Kang that the coalition would bring the bill to a preliminary vote on Wednesday.
“We hope the process will be completed within a week,” says Cohen. “The intention is to finish it as soon as possible and go to the election.”
The Parliamentary Commission has approved a preliminary vote to dissolve the parliament on Wednesday, with a final vote scheduled for early next week.
The new election will increase the likelihood that former opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to make a comeback. Netanyahu was banished by an eight-party alliance after four uncertain elections. These elections were primarily seen as a referendum on his suitability for governance. The factions of the alliance range from dovish liberals who oppose Israeli settlements to hawkish supernationals who reject the Palestinian state. It was only their opposition to Netanyahu that united them.
Netanyahu, who is currently on trial for corruption, has dismissed his political opponents’ allegations of witch hunting and denied cheating. Israeli law does not explicitly state that the politician being charged may not be prime minister.
As politicians prepare for the fall elections, it highlights the possibility that several coalition members will pass the bill before the dissolution of Knesset, which bans legislators accused of crimes from serving as prime minister. Did.
Treasury Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the purpose of the Israeli Beitenu Party in the upcoming elections was “to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from returning to power.” In addition to the parliamentary dissolution bill, he said he would proceed with legislation on Wednesday, banning prosecuted lawmakers from taking office as prime minister.
“I hope the bill will also make up the majority,” he said at an economic conference hosted by the Israel Democracy Institute.
Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, the leader of the New Hope Party, told Army Radio that his faction had proposed such a bill and would vote in favor if it was submitted to Congress.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a centrist politician who formed a short-term National Unity Government with Netanyahu after being in trouble in the 2020 elections, told reporters that he would never partner with him.
“Honestly, in pain and sorrow, I say he has run out of political trust he can give him,” Gantz said.
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