Soon after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling coalition failed to pass a budget, Israeli parliament dissolved on December 23, renewing an unprecedented political crisis. The move triggered a fourth election and that too in two years.
The coalition headed by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party had been inching towards collapse for weeks. The coalition had the time till midnight to pass a budget, failing to which legally forces parliament’s dissolution.
The expiration of the deadline brings the troubled political marriage between Netanyahu and Gantz to an end, who faced off in three inconclusive elections in April and September last year and in March 2020.