What are the next steps? Is it guaranteed that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s main coalition partner, Yair Lapid, will be the next prime minister?
When will the elections take place?
If the Knesset votes to dissolve itself, it will also set an election date. This must happen in at least ninety days and within five months. The coalition and opposition usually agree on an exact date, with the most likely options being either late October or early November.
What path must Netanyahu take to return to power? Can he do it without elections?
What are his chances of winning the most seats in the next election?
Is there a way out of this endless cycle of elections in Israel?
On average, elections in Israel have been held every 2.6 years since 1996. This ongoing crisis will not end until Israeli leaders put their political differences aside and pass long overdue electoral and constitutional reforms, such as any attempt to trigger early elections. depends on a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the amendment of the current law, which requires new elections if the budget is not passed.
What is the root cause of this political impasse?
This perfect storm of political dysfunction is the result of the systematic failure of our electoral system, coupled with the unique situation of a candidate for prime minister being on trial and therefore members of his own political camp not sitting with him in government. This will most likely continue until one side wins a substantial majority in parliament or Netanyahu decides to take a break from public life until his legal issues are resolved.
Middle Eastern states pressure Biden to devise strategy to contain Iran
- Background: The US has said the prospects for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran are slim, and Middle East officials have said the administration has not yet told its allies what a “Plan B” would be in case negotiations fail. Sources said the administration said it would continue economic pressure on Iran and step up sanctions if the deal did not go through. The US is also working to build a regional coalition against Iran, calling on the Gulf states to integrate all of their air and missile defense systems against Iranian attacks.
- Why is it important: Concern over a possible escalation in Iranian tensions has sparked a wider diplomatic shift between Israel and the Gulf states, leading to normalization agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The insecure security environment has led Israel to actively push for Biden to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with the Saudi Crown Prince, several officials said.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov arrived in Iran
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was scheduled to arrive in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss the nuclear deal with Iran and the situation in Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said. The trip will be his first under the leadership of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
- Background: This visit will be the last in a series of visits by Russian officials to Iran. Last month, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak met with Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oudji in Tehran to discuss a swap for oil and gas, Russian news agency TASS reported.
- Why is it important: The meeting comes at a time when Russia is trying to strengthen ties with traditional allies amid Western sanctions on its economy and energy exports. Russia and Iran, under Western sanctions, have some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Russia is also involved in talks Iran is holding with world powers to renew the 2015 nuclear deal.
Turkish parliament to consider media bill criticized by journalists
Protesters in Istanbul on Tuesday opposed a media bill that the Turkish government says will crack down on “disinformation” but which media rights groups say will step up a years-long crackdown on critical reporting.
- Background: The legislation is one of a series of steps taken in President Tayyip Erdogan’s two decades in office that have raised concerns among human rights groups that the minority media, where dissent and critical views are still being voiced, is being silenced. The parliament is expected to start discussing the bill on Wednesday.
- Why is it important: Of key concern to critics of the bill is the article, which states that those who disseminate false information about the country’s security and public order in order to create fear and disrupt public order face imprisonment for a term of one to three years. The bill will also apply the same rules to digital media as to traditional media.
Those billboards on the highway from the country’s only airport are now being replaced with images of landmarks and tourist spots.
Nassar asked the media teams of Hezbollah and its Amal allies “with love and respect” to provide some of the advertising space around the highway to promote Lebanon’s tourist destinations “for at least the next four months,” he said. interview with Al Jadeed News this month. Hezbollah agreed, and new banners appeared late last week.
“I never thought I would live to see the day when Beirut Airport is so Lebanese,” wrote a Twitter user.
Having recovered from the economic collapse, the government is trying to put the country back on the tourist map. Federation of Tourist Institutions Secretary-General Jean Beiruti told local MTV this month that bookings in mountainous and coastal areas are on the rise. “We should congratulate ourselves,” he said.
The number of Syrian refugees returning to their country from Turkey each week. Turkey is home to about 3.7 million Syrians, the largest group of refugees in the world, but deteriorating public sentiment has forced the government to make plans for their return.