The biggest promise of Israel's failed anti-Netanyahu coalition was that it would end the country's political paralysis.

It's not surprising that she was only able to do this for a short time.

It only had a wafer-thin majority, but above all it was a curious hodgepodge from left to right, in which pro-annexationists mingled with Arab Islamists.

Their breakup leaves voters with their fifth ballot in less than four years and a new period of political deadlock.

Jair Lapid, who put together the coalition, is now prime minister but has limited options for action during the transition.

The country's unresolved issues

Israel is an extreme case, but the phenomenon has recently been appearing in other democracies as well: When society is highly polarized, politics becomes more uncompromising and often blocks itself. Finding a way out of this development is difficult, especially for Israel, because the many unresolved issues, from the Palestinian conflict to the country's religious identity, are divisive.

At least the Bennett government has succeeded in further improving relations with the Arab states.

This is one of the few bright spots in this tense region that should not be forgotten about the Ukraine war.

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