The political crisis is increasing in Israel . The country seems to be moving towards the fourth general election in two years. The last attempt by the coalition to save the government and prevent Parliament from being dissolved also failed.
Negotiations between the two major parties of the coalition government failed after the budget agreement did not materialize, and Likud and members of the Blue and White Party in the late night session of Parliament against extending the budget for two more weeks by Tuesday.
There was 49 votes against the motion while 47 votes in favor. If the government is not able to pass the budget by midnight on Tuesday, according to Israeli law, Parliament will be dissolved and mid-term elections will have to be held within 90 days.
There has been a dispute between the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Blue and White Party of Defense Minister Benny Gantz, since the government’s formation in May.
Netanyahu and Gantz had proposed extending the budget passing deadline by two more weeks by Tuesday to reach an agreement on the 2020 budget, but members of both parties voted against the proposal in Parliament.
The Prime Minister appealed on Twitter, saying that we do not want elections and we voted against him this evening, but we are not afraid of elections – because we will win the election. Elections in Israel can be held in March if the Parliament is dissolved. If this happens, it will be the fourth election from 2019. This time the election will be in the midst of an ongoing trial on Corona virus epidemic, economic downturn and corruption charges against Netanyahu.