Media: Bennett, Lapid to dissolve Knesset, hold early elections
The Israeli newspaper Maariv says that the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, and his foreign minister, Yair Lapid, have agreed to dissolve the Knesset and hold early elections.
The Israeli occupation government coalition announced its intention to dissolve the parliament (the Knesset) while the occupation's foreign minister, Yair Lapid, will become a caretaker prime minister, in place of Naftali Bennett during the transitional period before heading for early elections.
The Times of Israel said that it is expected that the early elections will be held at the end of October.
Israeli Maariv newspaper described the scene on its website as a "Political Drama," revealing that after the dissolution of the Knesset is approved next week, the rotation of the position between Bennet and Lapid will take place.
According to the newspaper, Lapid will be the caretaker Prime Minister for the meantime while "holding the Iranian file."
The newspaper pointed out that "the agreed date for the early elections is October 25, 2022."
Israeli media, quoting both sides, stated that the decision "was taken after exhausting attempts to achieve stability in the coalition," and that "Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is now speaking with the heads of the parties."
Earlier in the day, Israeli media revealed that Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is spearheading an attempt by the "opposition" to disperse the Knesset, and the camp will bring a draft resolution for a vote on the matter on Wednesday, which will also entail holding fresh elections.
The former premier has been very vocal about his plans of toppling Bennett's cabinet, forcing the Israeli occupation into fresh elections, and possibly returning as Prime Minister for the third time. He held this post from 1996 to 1999 and then from 2009 until June 2021.
The legislation would need a majority of 61 MKs out of the body's 120 members to pass.
This comes amid reports that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is under pressure from his coalition partners to propose a bill that would bar any MK charged with a "serious crime" from becoming Prime Minister, which is clearly aimed at Benjamin Netanyahu.
The coalition led by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had taken a hit, becoming a minority in Parliament after legislator Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi dropped out of the Knesset in late May for several reasons. She mainly cited the Israeli occupation police brutality perpetrated against Palestinians at journalist Shireen Abu Akleh's funeral.