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Updated: Jun 24, 2022

In Israel, politics is very unstable, parties keep popping up, splitting, and merging in every election. Lately, Israel’s had a lot of elections:

(a) April 2019 (b) September 2019 (c) March 2020 (d) March 2021

Israel’s fragile and short-lived coalition government announced that it would submit a bill to dissolve the Parliament, setting the stage for the 5th election in 3 years, and the possible return to power of the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyu. The previous four elections were basically on Nethanyu while facing trial on serious corruption charges.

Once the bill is passed, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing political alliance Yamina, will step down, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, leader of the liberal centrist Yesh Atid party, will become interim PM until a new government is formed.

There are 120 seats in the Knesset, and to form the government, a party needs at least 61. However, no party has ever won a majority on its own, and ruling alliances comprising 8-12 parties. After the members of the Knesset have been elected, Israel’s President chooses the candidate that he believes has the best chance of forming a coalition.

Iran is preparing nuclear weapons and is threatening Israel. Israel opposes Iran’s nuclear program and maintains ties with other rivals of Iran such as Saudi Arabia and the United States. Israel is doing attack drills and preparing for war against Iran. The massive drill appears to be preparation for a complex multifront conflict. US Central Command has come to observe some of the aspects of the drill. Bennet said Israel was acting throughout the region against Iran.

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