June 14, 2019

Parliamentary Crisis in Israel: Reasons and Possible Consequences


In late May, sensational news came from Israel: the Israeli Parlament (Knesset) approved a law on its early dissolution


Oleksiy Volovych

In late May, sensational news came from Israel: the Israeli Parlament (Knesset) approved a law on its early dissolution. It happened a month and a half after the early parliamentary elections held on April 9. Due to the uncertainty of some potential coalition partners, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his “Likud” party failed to form a ruling coalition (within six weeks according to the law) by May 29. After its solid victory, “Likud” did not expect such a surprise. This has never happened before in the 71-year long history of the State of Israel. On the night of May 30, a final vote was taken on the bill by deputy Miki Zohar from the “Likud” party on the dissolution of the legislative assembly of the 21st convocation. 74 deputies voted “for”, 45 - “against”. The author of the bill considers the main reason for the dissolution of the parliament to be the non-constructive position of the “Yisrael Beiteinu” party (Israel Our Home) led by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, which was considered a potential partner of the “Likud” party. Some Israeli observers believe that B. Netanyahu needed the urgent adoption of the law to dissolve the Parliament of the 21st convocation so that the President of the country Reuven Rivlin could not entrust the task of forming a government to a representative of another party, which has the greatest number of deputies in the Parliament after “Likud”. The next early elections in 2019 to the Knesset of the 22nd convocation are scheduled for September 17th. In order to understand how this might have happened in Israel, it makes sense to look at the current Israeli parliamentary saga from the very beginning, that is, from the second half of 2018. Given the fact that Ukraine is also preparing for early parliamentary elections, it is possible that the future coalition in the new Parliament will be quite dramatic. Therefore, the experience of Israeli political and parliamentary events will be interesting, to some extent even instructive to Ukrainian voters and politicians, because the Ukrainian society, like Israel's, is also absolutely politicized.

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