2019 is an election year in the State of Israel. First, it was the elections of April 2019 which saw the current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win over his opponents. He, however, did not succeed in forming a governing coalition and thus surprised the country by calling for new legislative elections to be held in September 2019.
Benyamin Netanyahu succeeded to get a fifth term following the elections of April 9th. Netanyahu is right to speak of an ‘unheard-of victory’. Not only because will he probably beat David Ben Gurion’s record of longevity, he has clearly beaten his opponents by leading the fight on three battlefields: the first against the Kahol Lavan cartel (“Blue and white”) led by the finest of the Israeli army and supported by the majority of media.
The second against the pollsters; the third against no less than seven right-wing parties that, for the most part, disappeared from the parliamentary landscape after a large part of their target electorates have been siphoned off by the ‘Gvald!’ (‘Help!’ in Yiddish) triggered by the Netanyahu campaign team.
However, Netanyahu failed to form a coalition following the early April elections, and he is again facing the polls in September. With, hovering above his head, a possible triple charge for “corruption”, “fraud” and “breach of trust”.
September 2019: new legislative elections in Israel
At the end of May 2019, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shocked Israel by calling for new national elections after he failed to form a governing coalition. Netanyahu, who has been in office for a long time, is embroiled in a series of corruption scandals and faces a serious challenge in the form of a new rival.
Other politicians are maneuvering behind the scenes to form new coalitions that would allow them to be included in the Israeli parliamentary majority and thus have more influence on Israeli policies. It’s a fascinating race that changes from day to day.
It is worth saying that despite failing to win a majority in the April elections, Israeli opposition parties of the center and the left didn’t seem to want a re-run; most of their lawmakers voted against the new elections.
There are not enough centrists and left-wingers to replace Netanyahu’s governing coalition. Even a small wave of activity among the opposition camp—the recent return to politics of former Labour Prime Minister Ehud Barak, primary elections that brought new leaders to both the Labour party and the left-wing Meretz, and the reunification of two Arab parties—will mean little if voters just shift within the left and center. What happens in the next election will depend primarily on right-wing voters.