JERUSALEM, AP. In Israel, preparations for the fifth election within three years have intensified. The ruling coalition will this week bring a fast-track bill to dissolve Parliament. This was announced by Welfare Minister Meir Cohen on Tuesday. Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that he was unable to reconcile the different parties with eight ideologies and that new elections would be held in the country. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been engaged in an effort to topple the government since he came to power a year ago. The rift in the ruling coalition came this month after differences emerged over the granting of special legal status to West Bank refugees.
At the same time, the leader of the coalition’s main ally and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take over as the country’s caretaker prime minister until the elections are held. New elections are likely in October. Pledge to stop Netanyahu’s return Two allies of Israel’s outgoing coalition government on Tuesday pledged to block the return of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Also predicted that no one is going to get a clear majority.
Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Justice Minister Gideon Saar, current partners in Bennett’s coalition, said they would not allow Netanyahu to return at any cost, facing trial on corruption charges. There will be no alliance with them. On the other hand, Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, said that there would be fresh elections, it was very good. He claimed on Monday that his conservative Likud party would lead the next government. The polls have predicted 30 out of 120 seats for the Likud party. Netanyahu said his party would emerge as the single largest party and form a government with like-minded people.
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