Israel’s parliament was sworn in on Thursday for the second time since April. The “if” is tied to efforts to form a ruling coalition...

Israel’s parliament was sworn in on Thursday for the second time since April. The “if” is tied to efforts to form a ruling coalition or unity government in order to avoid a third election. Some are disappointed and even embarrassed by the significant drop in the number of women serving in parliament. Compared to the April 9 election, there are nine fewer women serving. The Joint List — the Arab-Israeli parties serving in a single bloc – did not attend the ceremony due to a general strike by the Arab-Israeli community. In all, seventeen lawmakers elected in the April 9 election did not make the cut in the September balloting and are being replaced by others.

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