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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.

Source: Los Angeles Times (Abir Sultan / Associated Press)

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.

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