Trying to avoid elections, Likud, Blue and White agree to defer budget vote

Likud and Blue and White on Sunday have reportedly agreed on a move that would help Israel avoid yet another early election and will both back a bill seeking to postpone the vote on the state budget.

Derech Eretz, a faction comprising MKs Yoaz Hendel and Zvi Hauser, elected as part of Blue and White, proposed a bill that would postpone the deadline for passing a state budget by several months, with the aim of affording Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz more time to iron out the disagreements on the budget.

Likud and unity government partner Blue and White have been locking horns over the question of whether to pass a one-year or two-year budget for weeks.