A Country in Deadlock: How Do We Escape?

Israel just held its fourth election in two years. The future of the country’s political sphere is up in the air between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance of 52 seats and the left-wing coalition, which won 57 seats in the recent election. Both fell short of the 61-seat coalition majority required in Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset. Does Israel’s political deadlock reveal a sharper divide within its society’s walls? Will their political leaders resolve this immobilism, and what can other countries learn from it?

Why do they need a majority?

What is to blame?

In addition, the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict continues to divide the country, highlighted by the Ra’am party’s rise (a conservative Palestinian party) in the last election. Right-wing Zionists, embraced by Netanyahu’s coalition, polarize Arab parties, leaving little chance for an alliance between such groups. Political analysts say that if Netanyahu scrapes together a coalition majority, his will be the most conservative in Israel’s history.

Where will the country go from here?

How has Israel been operating under gridlock?

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