web analytics
August 29, 2014 / 3 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Netanyahu Dissolves the Knesset, Announces Early Elections

The PM told the nation on Tuesday night: "I decided the good of the State of Israel requires elections now, and as soon as possible."
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference to announce early elections.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference to announce early elections.
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to dissolve the Knesset and declare early elections, which are expected to take place early next year.

In his announcement, at 8 PM Israel time (2 PM Easter), Netanyahu noted the stability of his government, which is expected to complete its appointed four-year term—a rare feat in Israeli politics.

Netanyahu pointed out that this stability enabled his government to enhance both the country’s security and economy. “There is only one way to preserve these gains,” he added. “We must continue to carry out a responsible policy.”

“I have concluded that at this time we cannot pass a responsible budget,” Netanyahu told the nation. “It is my duty as Prime Minister to put the national interest above all else, so I decided that the wellbeing of the State of Israel requires elections now – and as quickly as possible.” He added that Israel would be better off with a short election campaign, which would minimize the damage to its economy.”

The political class in Israel has been preparing in recent weeks for such a move on the part of the PM, due to the lack of progress on approval for the state budget for next year. Netanyahu said last week that until mid-October he would announce whether he intends to try and pass the budget, or to dissolve the Knesset and hold early elections.

Members of the Likud Knesset faction estimated last week that Netanyahu would declare early elections for next February, and that he had no intention of committing political suicide pushing through a budget that includes decrees and cuts and could harm his standing in an elections year.

Netanyahu planned to dissolve the current Knesset last May, when the Knesset plenum approved the first call on a bill to dissolve the Knesset and hold elections within three months. But before the second of three votes had come up, Netanyahu surprised everyone when he announced a coalition with Kadima. That coalition was short lived, lasting only some 60 days.

It is expected that once Netanyahu receives a new mandate – since he and the Likud are well ahead of their rivals in the current polls – he will move to pass the harsh budget no one dares pass before the elections.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Netanyahu Dissolves the Knesset, Announces Early Elections”

  1. Gil Gilman says:

    I hope Obama and Romney are watching…it may be possible for them to learn something ;-).

  2. Mark Dilley says:

    I like Netanyahu the man has great character and courage, straight forward honest. It would be great to have him as our leader!

  3. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Is this his 2nd or 3rd time he has called for new elections? I lost count. I wonder what's in his bag of political tricks for this one. At his seemingly failure of being strong for the defense of Israel and instead bowing down to America's Muslim leader who in turn has humilitated Bibi and snubed him in public, who would want to fill his position? The answer: only a self hating leftist. Only G-d can help us get through this mess.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reviewing maps on the Golan Heights.
Al Qaeda and ISIS are Israel’s New Northern Neighbors
Latest News Stories
Australians rally against the BDS Boycott Israel movement.

The Boycott Israel movement, so far, is more bark than bite.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reviewing maps on the Golan Heights.

The bad news is that ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the Syrian Golan. The good news is that every terrorist in Syria is killing each other.

Netanyahu meets with Congressional House Armed Services Committee member Howard Buck McKeon.

Netanyahu gets support from Congressmen on House Armed Services Committee

Jewish Entertainment 1

Some Chareidi entertainers thrilled the crowd on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street with some Jewish entertainment.    

Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal dashed any hopes of long-term peace with Israel in a speech in Qatar on Thursday in which he shot from the hip at Israel and also at his terrorist organization’s new partner, the rival Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. His lengthy speech in Qatar, which has […]

Many of the Syrian soldiers were not armed when ISIS captured and then slaughtered them.

Police are still working to confirm the identity of a body that was found by searchers hunting for missing yeshiva student Aharon Sofer.

Iconic pro-Israel comedian Joan Rivers is in critical condition following a throat procedure.

UN troops fled their posts along the Syrian-Israel border after they decided it was too dangerous for them to do their job.

In the wake of a 12th Israel-Gaza cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims have issued a joint call for peace.

The investigation shed light on the movements of the drug traffickers operating under Hezbollah’s direction in Lebanon and Israel.

Drug dealers suspected of aiding Hezbollah make inroads into Israel; smuggling attempts also included Jordan, Syria

No longer the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as President of Turkey today. As a result, Erdogan will continue driving Turkey down his Islamic path for another 5 years, as Erdogan consolidates the power under the presidency. His foreign minister and ally, Ahmet Davutoğlu, will be taking over as Prime […]

IDF soldiers fired warning shots at a group of Gazans who approached the border fence near Nachal Oz. The group distanced itself from the fence, and there are no reports of injuries.

Only time PLO seems interested in justice for Palestinians is when Israel is involved

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Dell Smitherman at The Jewish Press.

Smitherman has witnessed firsthand both how damaging income inequality has been to the poor and how it negatively impacts families and communities.

Nick Di Iorio at The Jewish Press last week.

“It was embarrassing to be asked, Why is Egypt right now a better ally than America? Why is Israel doing more than the U.S. to protect Israel?”

An Uzbek couple has reportedly confessed under interrogation to the murders of a Turkish Jewish couple in Istanbul.

At least three terrorists are dead and nine others wounded in an IAF air strike in Gaza City following a day of non-stop rocket fire aimed at Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-dissolves-the-knesset-announces-early-elections/2012/10/09/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: