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Post : Netanyahu Fails to Form New Israeli Government, Prolonging Deadlock
URL : https://middle-east.timesofnews.com/breaking-news/netanyahu-fails-to-form-new-israeli-government-prolonging-deadlock.html
Posted : May 4, 2021 at 11:09 pm
Author : Times of News
Tags : Breaking News
Categories : Breaking News

Aside from the country’s usual tensions between secular and religious, right-wing and left-wing, and Jewish and Arab, Israelis have become increasingly divided about Mr. Netanyahu himself. Those on the ideological right are now split between pro- and anti-Netanyahu camps.

Mr. Netanyahu had the solid support of only 52 lawmakers, from his own Likud, two loyal ultra-Orthodox parties and a far-right alliance. Three right-wing parties ultimately chose not to return him to government.

In total, 13 parties entered Parliament, all but Likud and Yesh Atid with seats in the single digits.

Any government that is formed is likely to be unstable and dependent on the demands and whims of small parties with disproportionate power.

This latest failure to form a government is a severe blow to Mr. Netanyahu. He campaigned hard for the March election and had staked his fortunes on Israel’s successful vaccination drive, which had allowed the economy and cultural life to reopen just in time for the ballot.

But commentators say it is still too early to write him off.

He similarly failed to form a government after two elections in 2019. But when his rivals also failed to cement a coalition, he remained in place as a caretaker prime minister. An election in April 2020 produced an ill-fated unity government that collapsed ( https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/world/middleeast/israel-election-netanyahu.html?searchResultPosition=1 ) after seven months of political and administrative paralysis.

Some analysts say that Mr. Netanyahu, a political survivor, is happy to function as a caretaker prime minister, riding the wave of electoral turmoil from one transitional government to another, as long as he remains in office. And if the latest imbroglio ends in a fifth election, he is likely to run again.

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