Israel has become an ungovernable country due to parliamentary atomization. The fourth election in two years have failed to clear the way for a stable government. Reality is stubborn. The Prime Minister, the immovable Benjamin Netanyahu, has achieved the first position with 30 seats, but has fallen far short of the majority of 61 deputies required by the Knesset (the Hebrew Parliament).
The success of the vaccination campaign, the joyful return to pre-pandemic life thanks to the immunity passports and the drastic fall of the contagions have facilitated the victory of Likud, however, the reticence about the Prime Minister is still present in a part of the electorate. Netanyahu’s indictment in three corruption cases has taken its toll. Every Saturday since last August, a group of demonstrators has gathered at the doors of Beit Aghion, the Prime Minister’s residence, to demand his resignation. The “minister of crime”, they call him. But Netanyahu is a combative politician and grows in the face of adversity.
Israel is both a world champion of vaccination and an example of the risks to governance of political fragmentation. Israeli democracy is one of the most representative with a proportional system that allows entry into parliament to parties that exceed 3.25% of the vote. The threshold was at 2% and was increased by 1.25, but it is still really low. The possibility that Israelis will have to go to the polls again in the summer has triggered political disenchantment among the population and the feeling that the electoral system is exhausted.