Israel holds new elections and highlights role of Arab minority in government

As Israel heads for its fifth election in less than four years, the role of Arab parties in government has emerged as a lightning rod in the upcoming vote, perhaps leading to a further rightward shift in the electorate and giving a boost to the fortunes of the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli lawmakers voted on Thursday to dissolve parliament, known as the Knesset, and set November 1 as the date for the next election. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, a centrist, is expected to become the country’s caretaker prime minister at midnight under a coalition deal. It will remain so until a new government is formed.


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