Israeli Affairs

The recent Israeli elections open the door to a fifth round

Observers believe that the Israeli political and party system is becoming increasingly fragmented which opens the door to going towards a fifth election.

Jerusalem24 – The Israeli political situation is still stagnant for more than two years. After the fourth elections that were held last week, the Israeli scene appears more complex than ever before, in light of the inability of any camp to resolve the formation of the government.

It is expected that leaders of the party blocs will start arriving in the office of the head of the entity, “Reuven Rivlin”, next week at the end of ‘Passover’ holiday, after which the chapters of a repeated series will start for the fourth time in a row.

And so far, it is not possible for the Prime Minister of the occupation government, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the leader of the Likud party, which won 30 seats in the recent elections, to form a right-wing government without the need for seats from outside.

Likud is looking for the smallest party, the United Arab List party led by Mansour Abbas, hoping that it would be a lifeline to allow Netanyahu to form a narrow government of 63 seats if Naftali Bennett agreed to join Netanyahu’s new government.

However, Abbas has not decided his position yet, as he is talking to everyone in order to obtain the largest gain from his entry into the government coalition.

And at the level of Netanyahu’s alliance, The “Shas”, “United Torah Judaism” and “Religious Zionism” parties announced their intention to recommend that Netanyahu be assigned to form the government, which constitutes an additional 22 seats for Likud seats.

Thus, Netanyahu has 52 seats, while the “Bennett” party is still reluctant to recommend, and he is the one who said before the elections that he aspires to take over the prime minister.

On the contrary; The center and left parties and right-wing blocs that are rebelling against Netanyahu are still unable to form a government without the need for the Joint Arab List or the United Arab List. This is also the case for their success in persuading religious Jewish parties to join such a government.

The Hebrew newspaper “Israel Today” reported that the leader of the largest anti-Netanyahu party, Yair Lapid, who won 17 seats in the recent elections, is making efforts to form an alternative government to Netanyahu’s government.

It explained that “Lapid” held meetings with Abbas and other parties recently, seeking to form an alliance against Netanyahu.

The “Lapid” coalition seeks to assign Netanyahu first to form the government so that he fails, and thus the arena becomes empty for Lapid’s coalition, which will seek to attract the right-wing blocs.

However, observers believe that the Israeli political and party system is becoming increasingly fragmented with the passage of time in the absence of the ability to resolve, which opens the door to going towards a fifth election.

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