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Israel in turmoil: Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid decided to dismiss the Knesset and go to elections in October

Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, who are trying to form a government to replace Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Knesset vote for president on Wednesday (Photo: The Knesset Channel)
L-R Bennet and Lapid/ photo Knesset Channel

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Prime Minister Lapid agreed today (Monday) that the Knesset will be dissolved and Lapid will be named Prime Minister.

In a dramatic joint statement, Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid said that the government will self-dissolve itself next week on Wednesday, ending Israel’s 36th government. It appears that the new election will be held on October 25.

The decision to dissolve the Knesset was made after Bennett and Lapid realized that every passing day erodes their status in the polls and hurts their chances of winning the next election. Political-wise, the two leaders want to leave the public with an impression of a successful government.

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According to the two, the decision was made “after the attempts to stabilize the coalition were exhausted.” Once the bill is approved, the rotation will be carried out in an orderly manner. Bennett began talking to party leaders in the prime minister’s office.

Justice Minister Gideon Saar commented on the political drama and attacked the opposition: “As I warned – the irresponsibility of some MKs in the coalition led to the inevitable result. The goal in the upcoming elections is clear: prevent Netanyahu from returning to power and enslaving the state to his personal interests.”

The opposition celebrated the dissolution of the Knesset and the run-up to the elections. MK Yoav Galant (Likud) responded to Bennett and Lapid’s announcement: “Bennett, Lapid – you did the right thing a year late. A Likud-led government soon. MK Galit Distel-Atbrian added: “We are done.”

MK Shlomo Qarai said: “Finally, the thieves of power have realized that they must return to the people the mandate they stole from them, and go to the polls. I call on all Knesset members elected by the right to take the opportunity to form a national government without any conditions, now! “This is what Israel needs, and also to prevent this hollow man from serving as Israeli prime minister.”

MK Itamar Ben Gvir welcomed the decision: “Hopefully new dawn will rise on the State of Israel. The people need a full-fledged right-wing government that will repair the damage done by the dangerous government here and restores security to the streets. With the help of the name, now is the right turn to win. “



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