April 6th, local time, a new member of Israel’s parliament was sworn in. In a speech in the parliament building on the same day, Israeli President Rivlin urged parliamentarians to play a leading role in resolving differences and ending the country’s long-standing political impasse.
On March 23, Israel held the 24th parliamentary election, the fourth parliamentary election in two years. The vote count showed that the right-wing party Likud Group led by current Prime Minister Netanyahu won 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, ranking first; the center-left party “With the Future” party led by former Finance Minister Yair Lapid won 17 seats; the religious party Shas Party won 9 seats; and the centrist party Blue and White The party won 8 seats.
Rivlin held consultations with the parties entering the 24th Parliament on April 5 on the formation of cabinet members, and announced on the 6th that Netanyahu had been authorized to form a new government.
The Knesset is unicameral. The law stipulates that political parties that have won more than half of the seats in Parliament can form separate cabinets. Due to the large number of small and medium-sized parties, there has never been a single-party cabinet in Israel’s history.
Successive cabinets have been a coalition government composed of multiple political parties. In the past two years, Israel has repeatedly reached a deadlock in the formation of a cabinet, and the new government has been “difficult to give birth”.