web analytics
January 30, 2015 / 10 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
Special Features
Sponsored Post


Netanyahu Announces Early Elections In Israel

L-R: Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are some of the big names in focus as Israel gears for elections in early 2013.

L-R: Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are some of the big names in focus as Israel gears for elections in early 2013.

JERUSALEM – Now it’s official: Israel is going to the polls. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that the elections for the 19th Knesset will be held early next year.

“At this time, in the face of economic and security threats, it is my duty to put the nation’s best interest above all, and that means holding elections now, as soon as possible,” the prime minister said.

The elections were originally scheduled for late 2013, about eight months after the projected date of the early elections.

The prime minister’s announcement launched coalition negotiations regarding the date of the early elections. The elections will likely be held sometime between Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2013. Netanyahu prefers the earliest possible date.

In remarks delivered from his Jerusalem office, Netanyahu stressed his desire for a “short three-month election process, rather than a prolonged election cycle that could weigh down the economy.”

Netanyahu explained that since he has been unable to secure majority approval for the proposed 2013 budget, which currently includes austerity measures and deep budget cuts, elections were the only responsible thing to do.

Without a responsible budget, he said, Israel could be hit with a devastating financial crisis like the ones several European countries are experiencing.

“I consulted with the coalition leaders and decided that it would be impossible to approve a responsible budget,” Netanyahu said, explaining the impetus for the early elections.

“I decided that it was in Israel’s best interest to hold elections now, as quickly as possible.”

Netanyahu decided to move up the elections after having completed a month-long series of consultations and meetings with the leaders of all the coalition parties, as well as President Shimon Peres, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and the heads of the opposition parties.

The prime minister said, “in the coming months we will complete the fourth year of the most stable administration in decades. We boosted our security during a time when the Middle East is undergoing a dangerous and deep shift, and we boosted our economy in the midst of another crisis – the ongoing global economic crisis that has toppled European economies.”

While formulating the announcement he later delivered from his office, Netanyahu and his staff also considered possible dates for the upcoming election. By law, elections can only be held 90 days after the Knesset is dispersed. The Knesset itself must convene to legislate the dispersal.

Aside from Netanyahu’s official reason for pushing up the elections, experts believe the prime minister is eager to hold elections to prevent new parties, namely headed by former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni, former prime minister Ehud Olmert or former interior minister Aryeh Deri, from gaining traction.

Netanyahu said Tuesday during closed meetings with fellow Likud members that his guiding principle as Likud chairman was that he has “the most experience. At this time, anyone who takes the country’s reins needs to have experience. I have served as prime minister twice, and have held a long list of senior posts in political and economic settings. Neither Shelly Yachimovich nor Yair Lapid can say that.”

Netanyahu was referring to Labor chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich and journalist-turned-politician Yair Lapid, who are seen as two of Netanyahu’s main rivals for the prime minister’s seat, though forecasts predict a landslide victory for Netanyahu.

As he cemented the decision for early elections, Netanyahu also signaled he would announce early Likud primaries, to be held at some point next month. Netanyahu vowed he would not secure any seats on the Knesset list in advance.

Meanwhile, an aide to former prime minister Olmert said Olmert was considering running for office to challenge Netanyahu.

Though recently cleared of the most serious of the bribery allegations that forced him out of office in 2009, Olmert is still bogged down in a separate bribery trial that leaves his political future in doubt. Yet many consider him the candidate with the best chance of replacing Netanyahu.

His former cabinet secretary and confidant, Yisrael Maimon, told Army Radio that “he is pondering it and the political system is putting a lot of pressure on him.” Olmert was deeply unpopular while in office, but he has recently enjoyed renewed popularity and support.

(Israel Hayom, distributed exclusively in the U.S. by JNS.org.)

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.

No Responses to “Netanyahu Announces Early Elections In Israel”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Sen. Cruz Asks if Obama ‘Launched Political Campaign against Netanyahu’
Latest Special-features Stories
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Cruz and New York Rep. Zeldin complained to Kerry of Obama’s “relentless harassment.”

Israeli election workers count remaining ballots from soldiers and absentees at the Knesset in Jerusalem

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Undecided voters may be the only one who might change the poll results.

National religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the crumbling Yisrael Beiteinu party.

Lieberman’s issues a disproportionate response to polls that show his party will barely squeeze into the Knesset.

Chicago-style campaigning lands in Israel. Who and what is running this “non-partisan” campaign? Paging Lois Lerner!

Eli Yishai’s Yachad passing the electoral threshold is enough to change the game back.

The united Arab list is enough to shift the balance of power.

Israel’s president met in NY with the parents of lone soldiers who died during Operation Protective Edge

Since the passing of the Governance bill legislation on March 11, 2014, new alignments have become to appear in Israeli politics.

Yair Lapid has announced his Yesh Atid list for the upcoming elections….

The small right-wing parties will hurt their ideological allies and voters, unless they get past their egos and ideological perfectionism and help their side for a change.

Netanyahu will reportedly be offering a spot on the Likud list to Caroline Glick.

Apparently the Arabs believe that all these years they voted for Labor, they were not voting for a Zionist party.

Likud pulls ahead, and quite incredibly Shas is making a comeback, but forming a coalition still depends on the small parties.

The wanabee prime minister has a solid, 100 percent certain policy of being uncertain.

More Articles from Shlomo Cesana and Mati Tuchfeld
L-R: Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are some of the big names in focus as Israel gears for elections in early 2013.

JERUSALEM – Now it’s official: Israel is going to the polls. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that the elections for the 19th Knesset will be held early next year.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/special-features/israel-elections-5773/netanyahu-announces-early-elections-in-israel/2012/10/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: