Netanyahu and lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament early on Thursday. As a result, Israelis will go to the ballot for the second time this year. This is unprecedented in Israel’s modern history.
Netanyahu won the now first election held on April 9 and many analysts are saying this is a political upheaval. Parliament’s 74-to-45 vote took place just minutes after a midnight deadline for Netanyahu to form a coalition.
This whole thing is happening due military conscription. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious parties refuse to let their young seminary students to serve in the IDF as everybody else. Netanyahu’s presumed ally and ex-Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, refuse to agree with the ultra-Orthodox demands. He defends that the burden of mandatory military duty is for all. Bibi failed to form a coalition government.
Benjamin Netanyahu then decided to dissolve the 120-seat Knesset. A new election represents less of a setback for him than to observe the Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, asking one of Netanyahu’s political rivals to form a new coalition.
It is still early to tell, but the political situation in Israel just may have put some breaks on the “deal of the century” and other related developments on the region.