(JTA) – Israel held a national election seven weeks ago. It might hold another one in September.
If that sounds weird to you, you’re right: Israel has a famously raucous political system, but it’s never held national elections twice in one year. Until now. Maybe.
Just to be clear, no one really wants this to happen, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his main rival, Benny Gantz; or President Reuven Rivlin. Nor do Israeli political journalists, who just finished covering a vicious campaign.
So why is it happening? [Read more…]