Netanyahu coalition collapses, new vote inevitable


Former Staff
Jul 2014
Yep, this seems like a pretty big deal

JERUSALEM — In an unprecedented move, Israel will head to elections for a second time in less than six months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government before a midnight deadline.Rather than give someone else the chance to do so, he forwarded legislation to dissolve parliament and trigger a new election in the fall.

During a dramatic day in Israeli politics, Netanyahu failed to bring Avigdor Liberman, his former defense minister, into a coalition to form a majority government, with the two at loggerheads over legislation to draft ultra-Orthodox Israelis into the military. Netanyahu’s party won the largest proportion of the vote in elections in April but needed to form a majority in the 120-seat Knesset to govern.

By forwarding a bill to dissolve the Knesset, Netanyahu’s Likud party prevented President Reuven Rivlin from offering Netanyahu’s rivals an opportunity to form a government, as traditionally done in similar circumstances. The legislation passed in a vote of 74-45 early Thursday just after the deadline passed.

Netanyahu appeared stony faced as he cast his vote in favor of disbanding parliament. Speaking to the parliament in the early hours of Thursday morning, he squarely blamed Liberman.

Then again, politicians never seem to take personal blame for anything...
Sep 2012
Anyone know if Bibi managed to pull this off?

Netanyahu to push through new law protecting his immunity from prosecution, Israeli media reports
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to push through a new law that would allow parliament to protect his immunity from prosecution, as he faces possible indictment in three corruption cases, according to leaks to the Israeli media.

The new far-reaching bill would allow the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and government ministers to essentially ignore any High Court of Justice ruling, Haaretz revealed, including the potential revocation of Mr Netanyahu’s immunity.

According to the left-leaning daily, the move is written into a “legal appendix” of the coalition agreement and government guidelines Mr Netanyahu is currently drawing up as he builds a new coalition government after winning the April general election.

If passed, the clause would give additional protection to the powerful right-wing leader, who secured a record fifth term in office and whose avid supporters dominate the legislative body.

Mr Netanyahu has already tried to restore the 2005 wording of an immunity law where the Knesset House Committee could reject the attorney-general’s request to rescind immunity of a particular parliamentarian.

But the law on its own would not safeguard the prime minister as the High Court of Justice is ultimately given the final word.



Oct 2018
Somewhere they can't find me.
Finally! Some good news on the international politics front.

I couldn't be happier! (Well, I probably could, but I'll take this anyway.)
Oct 2014
British expat in USA
Another norm-breaking power-hungry leader. Too many more like that and we'll be in for a world war sooner rather than later.

Ian, I thought Netanyahu always relied on the far-right ultra-Orthodox parties for his coalitions. How come this conscription exemption issue hasn't come up before?

Ian Jeffrey

Council Hall
Mar 2013
Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
Ian, I thought Netanyahu always relied on the far-right ultra-Orthodox parties for his coalitions. How come this conscription exemption issue hasn't come up before?
The issue has come up many times in the past. It has just come to the forefront again. It will probably always be an issue one way or the other.
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Oct 2009
Who is the major opposition in Israel? Ive no idea.

.....Can always get worse......
Many are surprised to learn that Israeli political history is founded in leftist politics (at least on social and economic issues). Mapai, which had the most influence for years, had a hammer and sickle as the dominant element of its logo. Then the modern Labour party came on the scene and ruled until the mid 70s.

Likud swept them out of power following the disastrous 1973 Yom Kippur War and growing Israeli skepticism of the peace process. However Labour continued to be a force in the centre-left and Likud on the centre-right. I'm speaking in broad generalities — Israel's absolute proportional representation system means there are A LOT of political parties and it is virtually impossible for any one party to govern without conceding lots of power to somewhat likeminded coalition partners.

However, these days, the politics have shifted into a significantly conservative direction. The leading opponents, the Blue and White Coalition, are explicitly nationalist and right-leaning on most issues, they're just much more moderate than modern Likud under Netanyahu. In fact, if Netanyahu were more of a centrist, it's arguable that he'd be in a completely unassailable political position, instead of a merely dominant one that has encountered various roadblocks.

Labour is just about irrelevant, they performed terribly in the last election, and would be a junior coalition partner to a Blue and White government, which is dominated by populist media personalities and IDF stiffs. From the outsider's perspective, if Blue and White does succeed in deposing Netanyahu in the coming months after all, very little will change. Turnout among progressive factors and especially the Arab Israeli constituencies — who know the government will not be super friendly to them, no matter what — has consequently cratered.

The problem (for progressives) is that more and more conservative Jews are moving from various parts of the world to Israel every year, and having lots of kids who believe as they do. Moving to Israel frankly doesn't make sense for secular and reform Jews these days, unless they are just resolved to believe in the Zionist mission above all things. The U.S., just as an example, is a much more attractive place to live in.