International News: Israel

Tristyn Smith, Web Editor

Israel’s election has left the country in deadlock. No party has been able to form a majority in the country’s parliament after three elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s sitting prime minister, was indicted on corruption charges in January 2020. This makes him Israel’s first prime minister to be indicted.

This has significantly decreased his popularity and created the country’s current political situation. Neither Netanyahu nor his opponent, Benny Gantz, were able to form a majority in parliament.

Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White parties attempted to form a national unity government that would break the deadlock. But, Gantz refused to work with the indicted prime minister.

Following the most recent election in March of 2020, the elections committee is very low on funds and will likely struggle to hold another election. Even if the committee is able to hold another election, it is highly unlikely that any party will be able to obtain the required 61 seats for a majority as the Likud Party, the party with the most seats, has only 36.

Netanyahu’s trial is set to occur in the very near future. This is likely to have a huge impact on the fourth election when it occurs. Until then, the country will remain in deadlock.