Israel may head to an unprecedented 3rd round of elections may be very well in the scope of possibility
The idea, supported by MK Miki Zohar of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, would send Israelis to the polls to vote only for prime minister-Netanyahu or Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party.
The proposal has been publicly praised by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.
In addition to Deri and Zohar, the idea is supported by MK Ayelet Shaked, leader of the New Right party, though Netanyahu himself appears apprehensive.
Zohar says that the Likud would move ahead with legislating a direct election of prime minister. Israel continues to be ruled by a Netanyahu-led government that has been in power since the March 2015 election.
The current proposal, says Zohar, would be to maintain the sitting Knesset and vote only for a prime minister. As a result of such a vote, parties would have no choice: either negotiate with the victorious prime minister to join his government or sit in the opposition.
Recent public opinion polls have shown that despite the tight race between the Likud and Blue and White, Netanyahu is preferred as prime minister over Gantz.