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Chapter : Israeli Knesset Dissolves : December 22 and DECEMBER 23, 2020
Israeli Knesset Dissolves : December 22 and DECEMBER 23, 2020
In the final days of 2020, the political crisis Israel had been facing for nearly two years led to the breakdown of a tenuous coalition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former speaker of the Knesset Benny Gantz, as well as the legislature’s dissolution. A new election was scheduled for March 2021 and would mark the fourth time in two years that Israelis will head to the polls. It would also be the first election held since the official start of Netanyahu’s corruption trial in May 2020.
Protracted Political Crisis
Israel had been without a functioning government for nearly a year when voters went to the polls in ...