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Israeli Prime Minister Convenes Cabinet Before Parliament Dissolves

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Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, left, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attend a preliminary vote on a bill to dissolve parliament, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote, setting the wheels in motion to send the country to its fifth national election in just over three years. Once it passes, Bennett will step down as prime minister and hand over the reins to his ally, Lapid. New elections are expected to be held in October.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, left, center Foreign Minister Yale Rapid and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attended a preliminary vote on the dissolution of parliament bill held in Knesset, Israel on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. In a preliminary vote, Israel was ready to be sent to the fifth national election in just over three years. When it passes, Bennett resigns as Prime Minister and hands over his reins to his ally, Rapid. The new election is scheduled for October. Photo: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Communications

Israel, Tel Aviv (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Bennett Convening what appears to be his last cabinet meeting as prime minister on Sunday, Congress is expected to dissolve this week, triggering a new election in the fall.

Bennett's decision to go to elections chose to set aside their differences to expel current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. It put an end to an ambitious political project that united eight ideologically different political parties and now has an opening to return to lead the country. The country's fifth election in three years has exacerbated an unprecedented political crisis in Israel.

At the conference, Bennett lists his series of achievements under the government a year ago and thanks the doves who support the Palestinian state, the Kuomintang who do not, and his first coalition partner. Did. Israeli history, Arab political faction.

"Sure, it was a good government that relied on a complex coalition, and in this room, how to set aside ideological disagreements, go up and work for the state of Israel. There is a group of people who know, "he said.

When Congress dissolves as part of the power-sharing agreement that led Bennett to power, he gives the Premier League to Foreign Minister Yale Rapid, a former centrist politician. I will hand it over. Elections are scheduled around the end of October, and polls predict that Netanyahu's Likud party will win the most seats.

However, like most votes during the current political turmoil, Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, was unable to gather a majority to form a coalition government and his Some of the traditional allies refused to join him. It could further exacerbate the crisis after the next vote.

The Bennett administration helped stabilize the economy and survived the coronavirus pandemic last year, but disagreed with issues it tried to avoid, especially the 55-year occupation of the West Bank by Israel. I was bothered. Bennett said he decided to stop his political experiments because the government was unable to renew regulations enshrining separate legal systems for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the territory.

Bennett's own nationalist Yamina is plagued by North Korean defectors who have stated that the Prime Minister has turned too much towards the center to maintain the coalition. rice field.

Bennett, who entered politics 10 years ago, hasn't said whether he will run for the next election.

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