BREAKING: Knesset to Dissolve, Lapid will be Interim PM

File photograph shows Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid (R) with Naftali Bennett, Economy Minister and Chairman of the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party, as they confer on the floor of the Knesset (Parliament) in Jerusalem. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

JERUSALEM (VINnews) —  Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid have announced that they will hold a vote to dissolve the Knesset in the coming days.

In a political bombshell, the two leaders of the current coalition admitted that recent efforts to salvage the government have failed. This development is not unexpected, as the coalition, shaky from its inception, has taken multiple blows in recent weeks.

The government will submit a bill to dissolve itself next week and call for new elections, according to a joint statement issued by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

During the interim, Lapid will become prime minister as per the rotation agreement and will greet President Joe Biden during his visit on July 13. Elections for the 25th Knesset will be held on 30 Tishrei.

Naftali Bennett will become the shortest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, a record which would be broken by Lapid if he does not remain in power following the elections.

A source said that the stunning announcement was prompted by Yamina MK Nir Orbach’s plan to vote to dissolve the Knesset, a move that the 59-member coalition cannot win.

Bennett and Lapid will address the public on Monday at 8 p.m. Israel time.

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