Israel to hold new election after Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media after voting in the Knesset, May 30, 2019.

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition government within the required six-week timeframe, the Knesset — Israel’s national legislature — voted to dissolve itself, setting up an unprecedented second national election which will be held on Sept. 17.

Netanyahu’s party won a tightly contested election in April, but he was unable to broker a deal between secular right-winger and ex-Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the country’s ultra-Orthodox parties, who were at odds over a bill that would increase the number of ultra-orthodox Jewish men conscripted into the army.

Instead, by a vote of 74-45, the Knesset agreed to disband.

That means for the second time this year, Israelis will head to the voting polls, casting doubt on Netanyahu’s political future.

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