With Israel going into its 4th election in 2 years, questions regarding the elections and the possibility of stable elections have popped up. Similarly, the corruption trial of PM Netanyahu has been associated with those continuous elections. Let’s look at why these elections are recurring, and how those trials possibly relate to them.
Crux of the Matter
Israel will have elections on 23rd March. Notably, it would be their 4th election in 2 years.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been the Prime Minister since 2009. However, trouble has come 2019 onwards as no group has won enough seats to form a stable coalition Government.
Since then, Netanyahu has been either the caretaker PM or the leader of an unstable coalition. The most recent dissolution of the Parliament came in December 2020.
As per The New York Times, Netanyahu’s critics allege that his corruption trial is also a reason behind the multiple elections. These cases are:
- Case 1000: Accused of accepting $300,000 gifts from businessmen in exchange for tax and other business favours.
- Case 2000: Accused of planning to cut competitors of Yedioth Ahronoth news in exchange for favourable news coverage.
- Case 4000: Accused of providing favours to Shaul Elovitch in exchange for favourable news coverage on his site Walla.
Critics allege that the elections are recurring as Netanyahu is attempting to stay in power as that would equip him better for the trial. This claim has been rejected by his Likud party supporters, who blame other coalition groups for not stabilizing coalitions.
- No state budget passed.
- Appointment at several posts in ministries and judiciary delayed.
- Even pre-poll surveys show no clear majority – more elections expected to continue.
- In 1952, Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel. Although he declined stating his lack of experience to deal with people properly.
- In 2017, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stated that the American embassy would be moved there from Tel Aviv.
- Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving Prime Minister of Israel.