Israel is Holding Third Election in Less Than a Year

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)

The Knesset in Israel failed to nominate a new candidate for prime minister by the deadline Wednesday, and the country will now head to its third election in less than a year.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the Knesset had 21 days to decide on someone who could form a government by midnight Wednesday.

The Knesset had three weeks to decide after Benny Gantz, Blue and White party chairman did not form a government by the November deadline. A lawmaker needs the support of at least 61 of the 120-member Knesset to form a government.

Previously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also not been able to secure a 61-seat majority.

In a video posted online Wednesday, Netanyahu said that Blue and White “wants to hide the fact that they did everything to avoid establishing a broad national unity government that would annex the Jordan Valley, apply Israeli sovereignty on the settlements in Judea and Samaria.

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Source: Christian Headlines