December 22nd According to the Associated Press on the 22nd, the members of Israel’s ruling coalition rejected the proposal to delay the budget deadline, and Israel may usher in its fourth election in two years.
Late at night on Monday (21st), the two political parties that formed the government tried to reach a compromise on the budget, but the negotiations continued until the early morning of the 22nd. MPs from the Likud Group and the Blue and White Party rejected the proposal to extend the budget deadline by two weeks by 49 votes to 47.
If the budget cannot be passed before midnight on the 22nd, according to Israeli law, the parliament will be dissolved and early elections will be held 90 days later, which will be Israel’s fourth election since the beginning of 2019. At present, it seems that all options to evade budget deadlines are gone.
Since the formation of the ruling coalition in May this year, the Likud group led by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Blue and White Party led by Defense Minister Benny Gantz have been arguing over the national budget.
At a late-night meeting on the 21st, the last effort to keep the government running and stop the parliament from dissolving failed, and members of the Likud Group and the Blue and White Party rejected the proposal to delay the budget deadline.