Wednesday, December 7

Israel calls its fifth elections in three years

  • Prime Minister Naftali Bennet announces the dissolution of Parliament after the fracture of his heterogeneous government coalition

  • Netanyahu is already campaigning, promising a “broad” Executive that “would return national pride”

Israel returns to the polls. The fall of the “government of change” just one year after its constitution condemns the country to its fifth elections in just over three years. “It has been a tough decision but it is the best for the country”, announced the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, after weeks dodging political crises. Y Netanyahu He has already entered the campaign, affirming that he would form a “broad” Executive that “would restore national pride.” Next week the Knesset will be dissolved and probably late October or early NovemberIsraelis will vote again.

Barely a year and a few days has the coalition made up of eight political formations of disparate ideologies created with the sole objective of unseating Benjamin Netanyahu. Their 12 years in power seemed to be over by now, but the defendant’s party in several cases of corruption leads the polls. “Unlike the opposition, which turned the israeli security into a political pawn, I refuse to harm her for even one day,” Bennett said, referring to the fact that temporary laws applying Israeli law to settlers are set to expire at the end of the month.

This has been the last trigger that has finished breaking the fragile foundations of the multi-colored coalition. The expiration of the emergency law that has so far allowed colonists Israelis enjoy the protection of Israeli laws, even living in the occupied West Bank, has generated disagreements within the Executive. Several defections among its members have prevented the Executive from extending the law, an embarrassing blow to Bennett, who before ruling the country, was one of the leaders of the settler movement.

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The coexistence of such different formations in the same government, among which was a islamist party for the first time in Israel’s more than 70-year history, it has ended up bringing about its own end. The decision has taken by surprise such important members of the coalition as the Minister of the Interior, Ayelet Shakeda great ally of Bennett, or Benny Gantz, who ruled with Bibi. Behind the dissolution of the Knesset next week, the hitherto foreign minister, Yair Lapid, will lead the country, according to the pact that allowed the two most voted parties in April 2021 to form a government and get rid of Netanyahu. Before the formation of this historic Executive, Israel lived in an endless electoral cycle: four elections in two years.

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“A year ago we formed a government that seemed impossible, that curbed severe leadership paralysis”, Bennett has declared on television. “We formed a good government and together we brought Israel out of depression, the country was governed again,” she added. Meanwhile, Netanyahu, delighted in front of the cameras, has celebrated the fall of the government, not without first calling it a “farce” and “brain Wash” the disinterested declarations of the still prime minister. “Everyone is smiling” in the face of the fall of the government, which “gave in” to terror, he declared overflowing with enthusiasm in the Knesset.

Bibi has already promised more standardization agreements, following those of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. He has acknowledged that he is preparing for the elections, but does not rule out a alternative government in the current Knesset if the right-wing parliamentarians abandon their “personal boycott” of his figure. With this new turn in Israeli politics, misgovernment and paralysis return in the face of a national panorama more and more to the right.

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