The drafting of Israel’s 2020 budget is on hold as disputes over the spending plan threaten to bring the government down, and possibly force another round of elections. Although the coalition deal between Likud and Blue and White mandates a two-year budget, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been pushing for a budget that will cover only the rest of 2020, citing the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has insisted that a two-year budget be passed, as stipulated in the agreement. Amid rumors that Netanyahu intends to dissolve the governing coalition, on Sunday he called for the swift passage of a state budget. In light of the public health and security challenges facing Israel, “there is no reason to go to elections,” Netanyahu declared during his Likud party’s weekly faction meeting. “Israel does not need elections, it needs a budget, as fast as possible." The government will automatically dissolve if no state budget is passed by August 25.