Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announces the dissolution of the Knesset

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announces the dissolution of the Knesset

 The coalition supporting the governments of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid has tightened the timeline for presenting a motion to dissolve the Knesset, the one-chamber parliament of 120 deputies. The vote is tomorrow, for elections to be held probably as early as October. The transitional government headed for the election will be led by Yair Lapid liberal party leader Yesh Atid, the current foreign minister, as predicted by the majority agreement. 

As The Times of Israel reports, the dissolution of the Assembly should not take place until next Monday due to a matter of time: the law stipulates that the dissolution of the Jerusalem parliament must go through three plenary votes and a House committee review. "We hope to finish everything within a week. The intention is to finish as soon as possible and head for the election," said a government official. The acceleration - the media explained - was due to the need to halt efforts by the opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu to form an alternative majority of the 61 seats in the Knesset, effectively blocking the government's plans for elections. 

The current executive, after the resignation of Yamina deputy Idit Silman, has 60 seats like the opposition. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced the dissolution of the Knesset yesterday at a press conference: he explained that he had exhausted "alternatives to stabilize the majority government". The election, the fifth in three years, must take place within 90 days. He, as chairman of the far-right Yamina party, only came to power a year ago.
The majority coalition is made up of eight very heterogeneous parties - from the nationalist right to the United Arabs Party - which in June last year found unity in the common opposition to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

However, over the months, disputes and rifts began to emerge more and more frequently, leading to the exit of several lawmakers from Yamina's far-right coalition, while those from Arab parties threatened to do so in protest at the violence. in the month of Ramadan on the esplanade of the Mosque, in Jerusalem. According to the international press, the coup took place when a bill to extend Israeli civil law to Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank was rejected last week. This law has been extended several times since the 1970s, so the fact that many voted against it is read as a gesture of opposition to the Bennett government. 

Former Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the announcement by declaring it "good news for citizens", and guaranteed to be ready to return to power: "Me and my allies - he said, according to the newspaper. Haaretz - we will establish a nationalist government led by Likud party. A government that will look after the citizens of Israel without exception, a government that will lower taxes and prices" and also "return national pride to the citizens".

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