/ 23 March 2021

Israel goes to the polls again…

Today’s vote marks 4 elections in 2 years after previous attempts failed to end the political instability that’s marred Israel. To recap: the two leading parties had a go at unity government after the 3rd election delivered another inconclusive vote in March last year. That arrangement collapsed in late December when leaders PM Benjamin Netanyahu (leader of the conservative Likud party) and Benny Gantz (of the centrist Blue and White party) turned on each other. This time around, Gantz’s support has collapsed, and another centrist leader, Yair Lapid from the Yesh Atid party, is seen as the chief challenger. Netanyahu, who is Israel’s longest-serving PM, remains under pressure over multiple corruption charges, with his trial set to start next month. Could it be 4th time lucky for the political stalemate to be resolved?

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