On our April 11th program, which is in our archives at cnn10.com, we told you how Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had won a fifth-term as his nation's leader. That would make him the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history. Now, though, the nation is preparing for another round of elections in September. What happened?
In order to be prime minister, a politician needs the support of at least 61 seats in Israel's Knesset, its parliament. After April's election, it appeared that Prime Minister Netanyahu would have the support of 65 seats. But not of all these seats were in the Israeli leader's political party.
There's usually a coalition, a group of political parties, working together that form the Knesset majority. This time, though, that didn't happen. A coalition didn't come together. There was a deadlock among Israeli party leaders. So it'll once again be in the hands of Israel's voters.
New elections will be held in the hopes of establishing a coalition that works together in the Knesset. What happens in Israeli is important to nations around the world. Israel is America's closest ally in the Middle East, and Israel's government is crucial to peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
在以色列，成为总理的必要条件是至少在以色列议会掌握61个席位 。从4月份的大选结果来看，以色列总理内塔尼亚胡似乎获得了65个席位的支持 。但这些席位并不全来自内塔尼亚胡所在政党 。
通常，这种情况下要由占据议会多数席位的政党组建执政联盟 。但这次，这没有如期实现 。联盟未能组建成功 。以色列各政党领袖陷入了僵局 。因此，决定权再次交到了以色列选民手中 。
举行新选举旨在成功组建联盟，在议会中团结合作 。以色列局势对世界各国具有重要意义 。因为，以色列是美国在中东地区最亲密的盟友，而且以色列政府的立场对于以色列和巴勒斯坦之间的和平谈判至关重要 。
1. prepare for 为…做准备；筹备；
The Party leadership is using management consultants to help prepare for the next election.
2. in order to 为了；以便；目的在于；
In order to survive the competition a company should be proactive not reactive.
3. in the hands of 受某人照料；受某人控制；
The matter is now in the hands of my lawyer.
4. in the hopes of 怀着（…发生的）希望；
And we're not the only ones. A new study shows that pigeons will also pass up a sure thing in the hopes of a big payoff.