The Lead: Israel Goes Back to the Future
Bibi could make a comeback in Israel.
Election Season (Again)
On Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced a motion to dissolve parliament "after attempts to stabilize the coalition had been exhausted." After a preliminary vote on PM Bennett’s motion today, final legislation is set to continue next week.
Bennett’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is set to replace him until the general election, which could happen as soon as October. This will be the country’s fifth general election in just over three years.
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu (currently on trial for corruption charges) is very excited about this news. Netanyahu was Israel’s longest-serving leader until he was ousted last year.
Lawmakers are readying their defenses against his return, crafting legislation that blocks anyone under criminal investigation from leading the country.
"The main object in the upcoming election is to prevent Netanyahu from returning to power," Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
People in the U.S. might want to watch this closely