Israel is close to holding its fourth elections in two years
The Israeli Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill to dissolve the parliament, but this legislation needs 3 votes to become law, and that gives time for Netanyahu and his partner in government, Defense Minister (Gantz) to resolve their differences over the budget.
This decision is still unconfirmed, as the dispute over the budget could lead to new elections. The law stipulates that if the budget is not approved before December 23, elections will be held in March.
"Gantz should take the emergency brakes," Netanyahu said in an exclusive televised interview after the parliament session.
Some political commentators in Israel have expressed doubts that Netanyahu will seek to save the unity government, and cite an imminent rotation arrangement in which Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, will take power from the Israeli leader with the longest term in power.
If a separate budget is to be approved for 2021, Netanyahu will have a new tool that impedes the rotation, since if he fails to pass the budget, this will lead to elections.
Gantz competed with his opponent Netanyahu in three election rounds that did not lead to conclusive results since mid-2019, and eventually joined a coalition government with Netanyahu in May, but repeated differences between them persisted.