After the announcement that the current Israeli government will be dissolved, Democratic Majority for Israel’s CEO and President Mark Mellman issued the following statement:
“As Israelis prepare for a likely fifth election in three years, we’re reminded that while it operates with different rules than ours, Israel is a strong democracy where the commitment to the peaceful transfer of power is unquestioned on any side of the deep partisan divide. The on-going January 6th hearings are a chilling reminder of the dangers inherent when one party casts that commitment aside. Fortunately, no party in Israel has given up on this fundamental tenant of democracy.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a few Israeli leaders working to delegitimize the votes and representation of some sectors of Israeli society. We urge all parties to refrain from divisive appeals as the next election approaches.
“The coalition led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, together with Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, was one of the most diverse in the world and defied initial expectations by lasting an entire year. In that time, the coalition passed the country’s first budget in more than three years, established a diverse cabinet, increased investments in Israeli Arab society, expanded and deepened the Abraham Accords, and improved relations with the Biden administration, among other accomplishments.”