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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to disband the current Knesset and head to new elections. A preliminary bill will tentatively be brought during the upcoming parliamentary session on June 27.
If the motion to disband passes, it will be brought into the parliamentary committee and get sent back to the Knesset, where it will need to pass three formal readings. If the Knesset officially votes to disband, Lapid, who currently serves as foreign minister, will become a transitional prime minister with limited powers until a new government is formed after the elections.
you shall be free to set a king over yourself, one chosen by Hashem your God. Deuteronomy 17:15 (The Israel BibleTM)
This would be the fifth Israeli election cycle in three-and-a-half years with new elections planned for late October, immediately after the High Holidays.
The current coalition only has 59 remaining members following resignations by two of its members. In the past weeks, Knesset members from multiple parties across the coalition have expressed their displeasure in the government, with many boycotting parliamentary votes. Without a majority of 61 members, the coalition can no longer pass laws.
At a joint press conference announcing their decision, Bennett said, “a year ago, we formed a government that had seemed impossible, that ended the severe political paralysis. We formed a good government, and together we got Israel out of the slump. Israel went back to being governed … .”
He added, “over the past weeks, we did whatever we could to save this government, not for us, but for the benefit of the country.
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