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Israel’s political system will know whether or not it’s heading for early elections following the vote on a replacement to the so-called Tal Law on May 9, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday, adding that his Yisrael Beiteinu party has exhausted its obligations to the coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The FM’s comments, made during an interview to Channel 2’s “Meet the Press,” came hours after newly anointed Opposition Leader and Kadima chairperson Shaul Mofaz urged Netanyahu to move up the general elections to October of this year.

Writing on his official Facebook page, Mofaz said that the “days of Netanyahu’s government are numbered. The next elections will decide the face, image, and future of the State of Israel.”

“Israel’s citizens will be faced with a choice between more obtuseness, apathy, and extremism from this government and national interests and hope,” Mofaz said, adding: “I call for the general elections to be held at the earliest possible opportunity, immediately following the holidays, on Tuesday, October 16.”

The Kadima leader urged Netanyahu to “begin explicit moves in order to reach an agreed-upon date for general elections.”

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