Israelis are going to the polls for the fourth time in two years. After the third election in March 2020, the results weren’t very different from the first two tries, but it was the beginning of the pandemic. The need for a coalition was framed as a national emergency, and in the spring of 2020, a new government finally took office.
It was a marriage of convenience between Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party. The two men agreed to rotate the role of prime minister, with Netanyahu leading for 18 months and Gantz taking the helm for the next 18 months. This plan faced multiple challenges from the start, and public support for the so-called unity government diminished. This past December, the Knesset decreed that new elections would be held. In March, Israelis will return to the polls. Through these person-on-the-street conversations, learn about some of the issues important to Israeli voters.