Report: Bennett to retire from political life

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Report: Bennett to retire from political life
Outgoing PM reportedly decides to retire after fall of his coalition after 1 year.
Gary Willig
22.06.22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett intends to retire from political life and not run in the upcoming elections, Channel 12 political commentator Amit Segal reported. The report comes two days after Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced the dissolution of the government.

Bennett decided to dissolve the Knesset after a conversation with the Attorney General last Friday about the chaos that will be created if the Judea and Samaria regulations are not passed. "I am not willing to accept blackmail and threats. If I harm the state because of the non-approval of the Judea and Samaria regulations, I will go," Bennett said.

Yair Lapid will become prime minister during the transition period as per the coalition agreement and will greet US President Joe Biden as Israel's premier during his visit to the Jewish State on July 13. Elections for the 25th Knesset will be held in October; at this point, the most likely date seems to be October 25.

more............. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/355370
 

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Bennett said mulling timeout from politics, not running in next election
Israel TV says outgoing PM floated idea of a break at Yamina meeting; previously, his aides reportedly offered high-level posts to rebel Orbach in failed bid to make him quit as MK
By Michael Horovitz
22 June 2022

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has floated the idea of taking a break from political life and not running in the next elections, according to Israeli television reports Wednesday. The Kan public broadcaster reported that Bennett raised the idea at a meeting with fellow members of his Yamina party, but said he has not made a final decision. The prime minister has not publicly addressed the matter.

Yamina MKs reportedly urged Bennett to make a decision quickly, tying their fate to his. According to the Kan report, they are also likely to step away if Bennett does. The Knesset approved a preliminary reading of a bill on Wednesday to dissolve itself. Once it passes the necessary legislative hurdles, Israel will head to its fifth election since 2019 and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will become caretaker prime minister until a new government is formed. Bennett would then replace Lapid as alternate prime minister.

more.............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/benne...t-from-politics-not-running-in-next-election/
 
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