Efforts to revive Israel’s parliament stumble amid virus outbreak
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also intervened, urging the parliament’s speaker, Yuli Edelstein, not to let the coronavirus crisis “harm our democratic system,” after Edelstein effectively blocked a vote to name a new speaker and prevented the creation of crucial oversight committees.
Two weeks ago, Israel held its third national election in less than a year after two previous rounds of voting produced a stalemate between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Gantz. The March 2 vote gave Likud more seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, but the number of lawmakers determined to oust Netanyahu represented a slight majority.
With Israel now on emergency footing to combat the spread of the virus, the most likely scenario, observers say, is for Blue and White to form a unity government with Likud. But Gantz and his party say they will not join a government led by Netanyahu, who is now under indictment on corruption charges, and Netanyahu refuses to step aside.
On Monday, after the Knesset was formally inaugurated, Blue and White submitted legislation …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]