THE PREMATURE collapse of the governing coalition and the decision to call early elections have led Israelis to again question the ef - ficacy of the country’s system of government.Indeed, early elections are problematic for governance because they impair the capacity to implement and oversee long-term policy plans. But there is an upside. Unlike presidential regimes or the American model, our system has built-in solutions to political gridlock: establishing an alternative government or calling early elections. Imagine the harm that could be done if we were stuck with the current deadlocked government for another two years.This highlights a very important distinction between the longevity of governments and governability, that is, a government’s ability to make and implement policy. This distinction is significant because some re - formers mistakenly think that once you ensure government survival you also ensure a capacity to govern. Yet look at the US, a paragon of stability – there is no way for the government to “fall” or be replaced during its term – and yet how often have there been American administrations that could not really govern because of divided execu - tive-legislature majorities? Is it possible to improve stability and gov - ernance simultaneously? Can we enhance our government system so coalitions will survive for longer periods and provide them with a capacity to govern at the same time? Looking at Israeli political history and that of other established democracies, the answer is affirmative.