New Knesset elections May the Lord lead you in prayer
The fourth Israeli elections in two years are scheduled for March 23, 2021. The current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is running, however, new parties with rising leaders have been formed to oust Mr. Netanyahu. Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai announced at the end of December 2020, about a new left-leaning political party named The Israelis. Also, a former Likud member, Gideon Sa’ar, has formed his New Hope Party to challenge Netanyahu in the prime ministerial race. Supporters joining him are hailing Sa’ar as the next prime minister of Israel. The Blue and White Party, led by Benny Gantz, seemed to have collapsed. Mr. Gantz was to rise to power after Netanyahu ends his 18-month term.
The March elections will end the planned rotating premiership.
Rising poverty numbers
One of the Israeli non-profit organizations, Latet, reported at the end of 2020, that some 268,000 families (about 3%) have found themselves in a situation of “extreme poverty” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The organization provides welfare and meal services throughout Israel. “The surge in poverty rates confirms the most pessimistic economic forecasts, and highlights the weaknesses of the ecosystem in Israel,” said Latet founder Gilles Darmon. The rising number of bankrupted businesses and struggling families has caused nationwide demonstrations for months as Israelis accuse PM Netanyahu for their difficulties.