The citizens of Israel will vote for the 2nd time in this year on Tuesday in an election, and this election mainly taken as a de facto confidence vote on Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli current Prime Minister. The election came at a risky time for the longest prime minister of the country with the right-wing mandatory facing tough opponents to his supremacy and expected criminal charges in about three corruption cases.
According to the latest opinion polls, Likud party of Netanyahu running narrow with the centrist Blue and White party that lead by Benny Gantz, a former military chief. It clearly reflects that the actual competition for taking power starts just after the counting of the total votes when negotiating starts to make a coalition government. Senior analyst at political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, henry Rome said while referring to Israel’s leader that the ballot is regarding three problems: Bibi, Bibi & Bibi. He added, it is a referendum on the pro-long running prime minister of Israel, as was the April elections.
Why there is another election in Israel just after six months?
In the election of April, Netanyahu along with his right-wing allies seemed to come out ahead. The poll results signaled as an undoubted victory for Israel’s right-wing and religious community, one which threatened an ever more tense relationship with Palestine. But Benjamin Netanyahu becomes unsuccessful in converting a bloc of right-wing partners into a majority government when he lost support from Avigdor Lieberman, his former hawkish defense minister.
Netanyahu dissolved the government to give himself another chance. The move set the state on a course of two national elections in a single year for the first time in the history of Israel.
Who is going to win the second term general elections?
An analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Keren Uziyel said that it is very properly balanced. Uziyel added, Netanyahu seems to continued support among his central base, whereas the added joker this time is that the Lieberman’s party will deciding vote. Lieberman seen by several as having a crucial role when it comes to negotiating a new government with a majority. The final opinion ballot took one day before the election that showed the Israel Beitenu party’s ultra-nationalist leader set to win many more seats than last time.
It expected to mean Liberman granted the status of kingmaker, giving him a right which becomes the next prime minister of the country. Moreover, there are several potential scenarios in which both Gantz and Netanyahu come forward. However, it remains undecided either another political based statement can be avoided.
Why does it mean?
Rather than a vote and in a bid to hold up support between the right-wing voters, Netanyahu assured them that if he re-elected in the general elections, he would extend the sovereignty of Israel over the statements of Jewish and over a third of the occupied West Bank. The contentious step would enclose the 2.5 million Palestinians living there and make a solution of two-state more difficult.
From 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank. Previous administrations of the United States viewed the settlements of Israel in the West Bank as a barrier to a probable peace deal between Palestine and Israel, and the maximum world takes the settlements as illegal.
A few days later, the United States President Donald Trump tweeted that he had a debate with Netanyahu to discuss the moving forward possibility with a joint defense treaty between the United States and Israel. The president of the U.S. said in a tweet that he looked forward to continuing those conversations at the end of this month, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.
I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019