Israel’s newly elected parliament is drafting a bill to dissolve itself. The move comes as a deadline to form a coalition government nears with no progress in sight. If the bill passes, Israel would face its second election campaign in a matter of months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to have a clear path to a majority coalition after his Likud party secured 35 seats in April 9 elections.
But his prospective government has been thrown into crisis in recent days with former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman refusing to bend to the demands of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. He insists on passing a new law mandating the military draft of ultra-Orthodox men.
Lieberman blasts Netanyahu, says won’t join his ‘Jewish Law’ government: With two days left for Netanyahu to try to form a governing coalition, ex-defense minister calls for dissolution of Knesset and a new election https://t.co/OloMkzaE41
— Allyn Fisher-Ilan (@AFilan) May 27, 2019
7 weeks since the election and Netanyahu hasn’t won yet. Now he has only 60 more hours to form a government and he hasn’t got a majority. https://t.co/be0SP3Lr6I
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) May 27, 2019
BREAKING: Israel heading to new elections?https://t.co/0Wb40ytkOz
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 27, 2019