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Israeli elections: a confusing situation

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In Israel, parliamentary elections were held — the fourth in the last two years. Forming a government again will not be an easy task. At the moment, about 90 percent of the votes have been counted — and we can say that the right-wing conservative Likud party, led by the current Prime Minister Netanyahu, despite some loss of popularity, remains the main political force in the country. However, the votes received are not enough to form the coalition of right-wing and religious parties desired by the prime minister. The situation is very difficult, “ the press notes.

A fifth election is also possible

According to the results of the elections in the Knesset, apparently, as many as 13 parties will be represented. According to El Mundo, the country is paralyzed by both the fragmented political landscape and the ambiguity of the person who heads the government:

“The extreme fragmentation of the political system in Israel is proving to be a serious problem in terms of governing a country of great geostrategic importance in international politics and facing such serious challenges as economic recovery from the effects of the corona crisis. Despite winning the election, Netanyahu has emerged as a polarizing figure. It may be that the elections will have to be held for the fifth time.”

A government of consent is needed!

The current prime minister must admit defeat, — demands The Jerusalem Post:

“It is time for the political visionary Netanyahu to understand that he is not able to create a coalition that will give him the opportunity to maintain immunity. He just doesn't have the votes to do it. Instead of forcing another election on the country in the hope of getting the desired percentage of the vote, he should have simply gone ahead. ... A sober look at the conflicting election results suggests that the best solution would be to create a government that would unite parties across the political spectrum, with each of them having to abandon some of their goals. And here, either Netanyahu could adopt some of the principles of the center-left, or Yair Lapid [founder of the liberal Yesh Atid party] could drift somewhat to the right. Both would be perfectly legitimate. If a pro-or anti-Netanyahu government is formed with only a minimal majority of votes, it will definitely collapse soon. Against the background of the current results, and in view of the need to avoid new elections, which would be the fifth in a row, the situation dictates the formation of a government of unity and harmony.”

Bibi will stay!

Even if the formation of a government will be a difficult task, Netanyahu will not give up his position so soon, — says The Spectator:

“In the summer, presidential elections should be held in Israel. ... The President is elected by the Knesset. He has status, but little power — and enjoys immunity. Many people wonder if this option would be tempting for Netanyahu — because it would help him to suspend the lawsuit launched against him for the entire seven years of his presidency — and give him the opportunity to leave politics with dignity. But don't write off the BBC. His party and allies may not have won this election yet, but they haven't lost it! There is always an opportunity to make a deal, to win over defectors to your side. And if things don't go as planned, you can just call an election at number five.”

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