Times of Israel
Israel is heading to another election following the government not being able to agree on the annual budget leading to the Knesset desolving and the 4th election in two years.
A pair of television polls aired Tuesday evening put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc of right-wing and religious parties short of a majority, but also predicted that his rivals would have had a hard time building a viable coalition.
The polls were published shortly before the Knesset dissolved at midnight Tuesday, with the expiration of a deadline for the 2020 state budget, triggering the fourth national election in two years.
One of the surveys also had former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar nipping at Netanyahu’s heels in terms of the candidate deemed best-suited to be the prime minister.
The surveys came hours before the midnight deadline to pass a state budget expired, automatically prompting Israel’s fourth elections in two years next March, and as Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz exchanged recriminations over who was to blame for the political crisis.