Israel: Elections Again

Israelis will go to the polls again on 17 September, after Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition government. Lawmakers voted to dissolve the Knesset in the early hours of 30 May.

It had looked for all intents and purposes that Mr Netanyahu’s Likud Party had been triumphant during parliamentary elections held just seven weeks earlier ( MEES, 12 April ), but he failed to secure the required support of his former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The Likud Party won 35 seats in April’s elections. But Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party withheld adding its five seats over a dispute over military draft exemptions for ultra-orthodox Jews. New elections will be held just two weeks before Mr Netanyahu is due in court for a hearing related to his indictment charges ( MEES, 1 March ). (CONTINUED - 182 WORDS)