“Fall elections will be Israel’s fifth in three years. Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid will assume office as prime minister at midnight, Bennett to serve as PM-designate and acting religious affairs minister”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Knesset dissolves, elections slated for Nov. 1
Amir Ettinger and Yehuda Shlezinger
June 30, 2022

The Knesset on Thursday voted on its dissolution triggering what will be Israel’s fifth elections in three years. The vote, carried with no objections, officially ended parliament’s 24’s session, setting Israel’s next general elections for Nov. 1, 2022. Last week saw outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett call for early elections, saying that the efforts to stabilize the increasingly erratic coalition – in power for only a year – have exhausted themselves. With the bill to disband the Knesset now officially on the books, Prime Minister-designate Yair Lapid is slated to head the caretaker government that will see Israel through the elections.  READ MORE

THE NEW YORK SUN A True Son of Tel Aviv Takes the Reins at Jerusalem Tel Avivians are hoping Yair Lapid will follow in the footsteps of other former entertainers who have shown a special knack for political communication and leadership, such as Ronald Reagan and Volodymir Zelensky…A former reporter for the Israeli version of Stars and Stripes, Bamahane, Mr. Lapid will become the first prime minister since the late Shimon Peres who had not served in an elite combat unit. After the army, he became a newspaper columnist with a centrist bent. He was also a film and television actor, a novelist, a comedian, and a boxer.

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