Coalition doomed to failure, new elections loom


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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (r) with Yair Lapid (center) leads a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 26, 2022.

(JNS) - Israel appears set to head back to the polls after a "change coalition" has failed to hold its razor-thin majority, barely a year after its formation.

Elections are likely to be held on Oct. 25, just after the conclusion of the Jewish High Holidays. The elections would be the fifth in just three-and-a-half years.

Meanwhile, according to the coalition's complicated rotation agreement, Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid will tentatively become a caretaker "transitional" prime minister with limited powers until a new government can be formed after elections. In this role, Lapid would...

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