Israel is seemed to be facing severe governance and political crisis as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White alliance, failed to form a government in elections on April 9 and Sept. 17.
In an effort to get a political settlement, Israelis will head to the polls for the third time in less than a year after lawmakers failed to meet a Wednesday (Dec 11) deadline on the formation of a new government and who would lead. President Reuven Rivlin offered Israeli legislators the opportunity to form a majority bloc in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, with a deadline of midnight Wednesday. But the approach failed.
The Knesset then voted to dissolve itself and hold an election in March, as new elections must be held in 90 days according to Israeli law. After the day of the election clashed with Israel’s Purim holiday, lawmakers agreed to move the date to Monday, March 2, changing the tradition of holding elections on Tuesdays.
The previous election, on Sept. 17, produced a virtual tie between Likud, the ruling party headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White, a newcomer faction led by former military chief Benny Gantz. With neither party gaining enough seats in the 120-seat Knesset to establish a government, both attempted and failed over the past few months to cobble together a coalition.
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