Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.
The US editor for Israeli daily Ha’aretz says the hard-right defense minister isn't all that different from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, but "his bark may turn out worse than his bite."
Israeli and Palestinian officials haven't even begun formal peace talks and already national leaders are trying to shirk responsibility. Israel's prime minister has said even if an agreement in reached through negotiation, it would be subject to an unprecedented referendum by the Israeli people.
Israel's prime minister says if anything comes of peace talks, the public would get the chance to vote yes or no on it. But even though polls suggest Israeli's support peace with the Palestinians, it's unclear how they might vote in a referendum.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Akiva Eldar, political columnist for the Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz, about news that Israel's controversial foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman may be a indicted on corruption charges.
Israel's political uncertainty has many in the wider Middle East wondering what the future holds.