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Israel's Government Collapses, Setting Up 5th Election in 3 Years

By Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner

20 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The collapse of the eight-party coalition plunged the country back into an all-too familiar state of political chaos. For former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s a chance to regain power.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s governing coalition will dissolve parliament before the end of the month, bringing down the government and sending the country to a fifth election in three years, the prime minister said Monday.

The decision plunged Israel back into paralysis and threw a political lifeline to Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-wing prime minister who left office just one year ago upon the formation of the current government. Netanyahu is standing trial on corruption charges but has refused to leave politics, and his Likud party is leading in the polls.

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