REPORT: Netanyahu Trying To Call Off Election Do-Over

The Washington Post reports:

Less than three months after narrowly winning his fifth term as Israel’s prime minister and a month after calling an unprecedented second election, Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to undo the redo.

Emerging victorious from the April 9 election, Netanyahu was given 28 days, plus an extension, to form Israel’s next government. But after failing to garner a majority of support in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, his Likud party took the unusual step of dissolving the legislature and setting another election for Sept. 17.

On Tuesday, however, the long-serving leader, who faces indictment pending a hearing on a series of criminal charges, said he is now considering an initiative put forward by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the No. 2 in Likud, to call off the second election.