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Israel’s Parliament Set To Dissolve By Midnight Prompting Snap Election

Israel was about to hold its fifth election in less than four years on Wednesday, furthering the country’s political unpredictability as it struggles with growing living expenses and resurgent international efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Following internal strife that rendered his ruling coalition untenable, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decided to dissolve parliament last week. The Knesset set a deadline for a final vote to disband of Wednesday at midnight.

Bennett will be replaced as prime minister of a caretaker administration with limited authority by Yair Lapid, Israel’s center-left foreign minister, once the calling of a quick election receives final approval from the Knesset.

However, the campaign has already been taken over by the potential comeback of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even if parliamentarians are still debating whether the election should take place on October 25 or November 1.

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By creating an unusual coalition of conservatives, liberals, and Arab parties, Lapid and Bennett halted Netanyahu’s record-breaking rule a year ago. The coalition held for longer than most anticipated but has since crumbled due to infighting.

The resignation of what Netanyahu, the current leader of the opposition, has dubbed the worst administration in Israel’s history, has made him very happy. Despite being accused of corruption and being on trial for it, he intends to earn a sixth term in government.

Despite the support of allied religious and nationalist groups, surveys have revealed that his right-wing Likud party is in the lead but still falls short of a governing majority.

Before the legislature dissolves, a new government will be formed, according to pro-Netanyahu legislators. An early election would be ruined by that unlikely situation.

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Israel was about to hold its fifth election in less than four years on Wednesday, furthering the country’s political unpredictability as it struggles with growing living expenses and resurgent international efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Following internal strife that rendered his ruling coalition untenable, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decided to dissolve parliament last week. The Knesset set a deadline for a final vote to disband of Wednesday at midnight.

Bennett will be replaced as prime minister of a caretaker administration with limited authority by Yair Lapid, Israel’s center-left foreign minister, once the calling of a quick election receives final approval from the Knesset.

However, the campaign has already been taken over by the potential comeback of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even if parliamentarians are still debating whether the election should take place on October 25 or November 1.

READ MORE: Hezbollah Tried To Hack UN Lebanon Peacekeepers, Says Israel

By creating an unusual coalition of conservatives, liberals, and Arab parties, Lapid and Bennett halted Netanyahu’s record-breaking rule a year ago. The coalition held for longer than most anticipated but has since crumbled due to infighting.

The resignation of what Netanyahu, the current leader of the opposition, has dubbed the worst administration in Israel’s history, has made him very happy. Despite being accused of corruption and being on trial for it, he intends to earn a sixth term in government.

Despite the support of allied religious and nationalist groups, surveys have revealed that his right-wing Likud party is in the lead but still falls short of a governing majority.

Before the legislature dissolves, a new government will be formed, according to pro-Netanyahu legislators. An early election would be ruined by that unlikely situation.

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