Israel politics: Knesset moves closer to dissolving, setting stage for possible election | Middle East | News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW

Lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a preliminary vote to dissolve the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. That sets Israel on the path to its fifth election in less than four years, which could take place in autumn.  

The timing might have been unexpected but, for many Israelis, the announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise. In recent weeks, more signs emerged that Israel’s coalition government of eight parties was nearing the end of its rope.

On Monday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced in a joint statement that they had agreed to hold a vote to dissolve the Knesset and to call for new parliamentary elections, which will most likely take place in October.  

“It is not an easy moment but we took the right decision,”…

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