This is the end of a short reign for Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister in office and alternating with Yair Lapid. They decided Monday, June 20, to dissolve their coalition and call for new elections, after months of effort to stabilize their fragile coalition government, local media reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid are expected to issue a joint statement later this evening, the state-run Kan TV news channel reported, citing Bennet’s spokesman.
They have agreed to present a bill to dissolve parliament next Monday, June 27, and the next elections are expected to be held in October, according to the report.
Mr. Bennet’s coalition was inaugurated in June 2021, after a series of inconclusive elections. It is composed of eight parties of different ideologies, united solely for the purpose of ousting longtime leader Benyamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted on corruption charges.
The same Benyamin Netanyahu is very happy with this resignation and hopes to win the next elections.