Knesset to Vote on Dissolving, Lapid to Become PM

Far-right Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced that the parliament (Knesset) would be disbanding next week on Monday, subject to a vote on the matter. Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, will become interim Prime Minister if the Knesset is disbanded, lasting until elections take place, scheduled now for October 25. 

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, on their podiums during the joint statement at the Knesset, announcing the collapse of their coalition, Monday, June 20, 2022 (Footage: Channel 12)

The statement said that the leaders “exhausted options to stabilize” the fragile coalition. If the Knesset is disbanded, this would pave the way for the fifth election cycle in three and a half years. According to Joint list MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), “This country actualize a far-right policy of expanding the settlements, destroying homes and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank and the government that called itself the change government did not bring about any real brave change.”