Israel has moved closer to holding a new general election despite a national vote last month, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a coalition government ahead of a Wednesday deadline.
The parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. If the bill gets approved in a vote scheduled on Wednesday, then Israel would be forced to hold a new election.
Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has until 21:00 GMT on Wednesday to put a government together, after being delegated to the task by President Reuven. 9th election election.
Following a vote in parliament, Netanyahu pledged to continue coalition talks and said it would be unnecessary and costly. 1
Netanyahu has no wrongdoing and is due to argue against the attorney general's intention to act on fraud and bribery charges at a pre-trial hearing in October
US President Donald Trump weighed in on Netanyahu's political woes on Monday
"Hoping things will work out with Israel's coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever, "Trump tweeted, using Netanyahu's nickname. "A lot more to do!"
Although a second national election in the same year would pose new political risks for Netanyahu, it would pre-empt Rivlin from assigning coalition-building to another legislator once Wednesday's deadline expires.
Former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has prevented a deal by reimbursement to a key demand – and he showed no sign of backing down on Monday.
Netanyahu sought to place full blame on Lieberman, who rejected the assertion.
" There is reason to drag the country to unnecessary elections that will cost a fortune and paralyze us all for another half a year, "Netanyahu said in his address in which he also referenced Trump's tweet.
Lieberman said he had already made concessions and
The former defense minister is seeking a guarantee that legislation has been aimed at having ultra-Orthodox Jews perform mandatory mili tary service like other Jewish Israelis approved without changes
His party controls five seats in parliament and Netanyahu needs his support for the coalition he is seeking. "It's a matter of principle," Lieberman customs journalists, calling Netanyahu's The issue of military service for ultra-Orthodox Jews is a highly sensitive one in Israeli politics and the bill is opposed by ultra-Orthodox parties, who control 16 seats in Israeli politics. parliament and are also slated to form part of Netanyahu's coalition.