Israel sets November 1 as the date for the next general election

Israeli lawmakers on Thursday voted to confirm a date for early parliamentary elections later this year.

A parliament speaker said the elections would be held on November 1, 2022, ahead of a formal proposal to dissolve the Knesset.

Israel will now hold its fifth election in less than four years after lawmakers voted unanimously on Wednesday to dissolve the country’s parliament by midnight.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week moved to dissolve parliament after “attempts to stabilize the coalition were exhausted” after a series of internal rifts. Israel’s centre-left Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will succeed Mr Bennett as prime minister of an interim government with limited powers.

“We have done everything we can to preserve this government, which we consider to be in the national interest to survive,” Mr Bennet, a former far-right settler leader, said in a speech last week.

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Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held talks that raise the possibility of his comeback in parliament.

The 72-year-old’s tenure as the longest-reigning prime minister in Israel’s history ended a year ago, when Mr Lapid and Mr Bennett formed a rare alliance of right-wing, libertarian and Arab parties. Though her coalition lasted longer than many expected, recent infighting has scuppered her government.

Now opposition leader Netanyahu was delighted at the end of what he described as the worst government in Israel’s history.

He is hoping for a sixth term despite facing trial on corruption charges, which he denies.

Benjamin Netanyahu is aiming for a comeback


Polls have shown that his right-wing Likud party is leading the polls but still lacks a governing majority despite the support of allied religious and nationalist parties.

Lawmakers from the pro-Netanyahu bloc have said they are working to form a new government before parliament dissolves. This scenario, which seems distant, would make an early general election fail.

New elections will take place on either October 25 or November 1, with the date to be determined after further negotiations. The bill must then be approved in two more full Knesset votes. Israel sets November 1 as the date for the next general election

Caroline Bleakley

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