Floating the possibility of not partaking in the next Israeli elections, the Kan public broadcaster reported that Bennett raised the idea at a meeting with fellow members of his Yamina party, but said he has not made a final decision.
On Wednesday, the Knesset approved a preliminary reading of a bill y to dissolve itself. Once it passes the necessary legislative hurdles, Israel will head to its fifth election in 2019 and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will become caretaker prime minister until a new government is formed. Bennett would then replace Lapid as alternate prime minister.
Bennett was first elected to the Knesset after leading the Jewish Home party to win 12 seats in the 2013 elections. He went on to serve as a minister in Netanyahu-led governments.
He failed to pass the electoral threshold with his New Right party in the April 2019 elections but was given a second chance when another round of elections was held in September that year, regaining a Knesset seat as part of the Yamina faction.
Following elections in 2021, Bennett broke from his old ally Netanyahu and formed a historic, diverse unity government, with himself as premier. The coalition collapsed due to a number of defections in recent months, due to ideological differences with coalition partners.