The Israeli Knesset decides to vote on the “Lapid-Bennett” government within a week | Israel News


If the Lapid and Bennett government fails to win a majority in the Knesset, it is likely that Israel will go to hold its fifth elections in less than two years

Israeli Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin said that within a week there would be a session to vote on a new government that would end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule, but did not specify a date.

This was contrary to what was demanded by the parties that established the new coalition, as they called on him to set Tuesday or tomorrow Wednesday as the date for the presentation of the government.

Bennett urged the Knesset speaker – who is Netanyahu loyalist and the longest-serving prime minister in Israel – to avoid any delay, and to hold the confidence vote on Wednesday so that the new government, made up of left-wing, right-wing, center and Arab parties, could be sworn in.

Israeli political circles had demanded that the head of the Knesset not obstruct the government’s presentation, despite the pressure exerted on him by outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone its presentation until next Monday, so that he could continue his attempts to pressure lawmakers to thwart the formation of the new coalition.

In an official notification to parliament on Monday, Levin said opposition leader Yair Lapid had told him, as he had told the Israeli president, that a coalition had been agreed upon, adding that within a time frame specified by law, a vote on approval of the coalition would be held by June 14.

“Members of Parliament will be informed of the announcement regarding the date of the ratification session for the 36th government (of Israel),” Levin said, giving Netanyahu up to a week to try to persuade parties in the new coalition to withdraw from it.

If Lapid and Bennett’s government fails to win a majority in the Knesset, it is likely that Israel will move to hold its fifth elections in less than two years after the inconclusive elections held on March 23, but which were crowned by the new coalition agreement.

The leader of the opposition centrist “There is a Future” party, Yair Lapid, and the leader of the right-wing “Yamena” party, Naftali Bennett, will take turns to head the government, which will include a large number of right-wing, center and left parties, and the United Arab List headed by Mansour Abbas.

Bennett will be the first to lead the government until August 27, 2023, and then Lapid will head the government until November 2025, according to Haaretz.

Lapid must obtain the support of at least 61 of the 120 Knesset members to gain confidence.

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