Five days before deadline, Israeli election appears imminent as Netanyahu, Gantz lock horns | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Five days before deadline, Israeli election appears imminent as Netanyahu, Gantz lock horns

The two leaders have not spoken in over a week, and Israel appears to be headed straight to its fourth election in less than two years.

With no compromise in sight between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Defense Minister Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan parties over the state budget, parliament could dissolve on Monday and Israel will head to its fourth election in less than two years.

Negotiations are deadlocked over a proposed bill to extend the deadline for passing a new budget, which expires on Monday. With talks stalled, Netanyahu and Gantz have not spoken in over a week.

Likud wants the bill, which would give the government until November to pass a budget, to include “exit points” every 10 days that allow revoking the extension, which would effectively force a new election. Kahol Lavan opposes the proposal.

The main dispute blocking the passing of a budget is the demand by Gantz to pass a two-year document, as stipulated in his party’s coalition agreement with Likud, while Netanyahu has been demanding that a budget be passed that only covers the remainder of 2020.

Netanyahu is expected to consult with his family over the weekend and make a final decision on the matter. It seems, however, he has already decided on an election: Since the normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE was made public last week, Netanyahu has spoken mostly about the agreement and has no longer been pushing for a one-year budget.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that apparently, the Israeli voters don't have much of a choice in this next election; no matter for whom they vote, they are voting for more war, and more destruction.

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