Yesterday, a last-minute bill delaying Israel’s budget deadline by 120 days passed with reluctant support from Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Under the coalition agreement, failure to approve a national budget would have triggered new elections, but the compromise, which moves back the deadline to approve a national budget to December 23, 2020, means another campaign is off for now. The mistrust between Kachol Lavan and the Likud suggests this delay is only temporary, and for Netanyahu, an election is essential for his survival – the elusive 61 seat right-wing majority to provide him protection from prosecution still seems to be his only way to stay in power beyond the short run.

Read more in The Times of Israel.