In the absence of an election election, Netanyahu is facing moves to keep him out of office

As Israel appeared to have reached another position in its fourth election in two years, Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents reiterated Thursday about disqualifying an accused politician from being ‘the creation of a government, a measure aimed at preventing the long-term prime minister from returning to office.

A similar bill was launched after the March 2020 elections, but was never passed.

Netanyahu has been tried for fraud, breach of trust and acceptance of bribes in three cases. He has denied any crime and dismissed the allegations as a witch hunt by bias law enforcement and the media.

Despite the allegations against him, Likud Netanyahu received about a quarter of the votes, making him the largest party in the next Knesset.

But with 99% of the vote counted, Netanyahu was unable to reach the 61-MK bloc he needs to form the religious government, his right, leaving him dependent on deficiencies from other parties or support from the Islamic Ra’am.

The latter option has already been rejected by Netanyahu’s new allies on the far right who would not host an alliance with an Arab party even if it were only outside support.

The near-final results released Thursday by the Central Electoral Committee confirmed that no camp has enough seats to form a stable coalition.

Gideon Saar, a Likud defender who now leads a disbanded six-seat party, said on Thursday that “it is clear that Netanyahu does not have a majority to form a government under his leadership. Steps are now needed to build the capacity for government to change. “

His remarks were repeated by Yisrael Beytenu’s director, Avigdor Liberman, another friend of Netanyahu’s.

“I have a duty to do everything I can to prevent another election,” Liberman said.

“The first step is to go through legislation to prevent a Knesset-nominated member from forming a government. I expect everyone who has spoken of change in recent months to show responsibility and bring back this legislation, “he said.

The Likud fired back, saying such a block would be anti-democratic and compared Netanyahu’s opponents with a clerical leadership in Iran, which scrutinizes candidates for senior office.

A total of 13 parties have received enough votes to enter parliament, mostly since the 2003 election, and represent a mix of ultra-orthodox, Arab, secular, nationalist and liberal groups. .

As Netanyahu struggles to form a government, the pledged pact has suffered a similar deficit after accumulating just 59 seats. Like Netanyahu he has to put Ra’am over the 61-MK mark.

Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israeli Institute for Democracy, said the stalemate is “the worst political crisis in Israel in decades.”

“Obviously it is difficult for our political system to produce a definitive result,” said Plesner.

He said inherent weaknesses in Israel’s electoral system are exacerbated by “the factor Netanyahu” of a popular prime minister who struggles to stay in power while he is accused.

“The Israelis are divided down the middle on this issue,” he said.

According to the CEC, Likud has won 30 chairs; Yesh Atid 17; Shas 9; Blue & White 8; Labor has seven, Yamina, Torah United Judaism and Yisrael Beytenu; The Joint Lists has 6 sets each, Religious Zionist, Meretz and New Hope; and Ra’am has 4 sets.

Turnout was 67.4%. The final round of votes was expected to be completed by Friday morning.