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Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will hold a vote within the next week to dissolve the government, setting the stage for the country’s fifth election in four years this fall. The election may mean a potential return to power for longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was ousted last year after a 12-year run and was indicted in 2019 for corruption charges. Lapid will serve as acting prime minister until a new government is formed.
Observers say Bennett has struggled to keep his coalition of eight disparate parties together since its formation last year. Varying ideologies—ranging from opposing Palestine’s independence to supporting an end to Israeli occupation—have fractured the coalition, with members clashing over policies. The government also lost its thin majority this year after a member quit.
Netanyahu yesterday vowed to form a new government. Israel’s last four elections ended without a clear majority and were largely referendums on whether Netanyahu should rule amid his corruption trial.