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Netanyahu Planning for Elections by Fall

Likud sources said on Saturday that the national elections are likely to be held between September and November.

Anticipating the coming elections Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already meeting strategic advisors and survey experts, a political source said. “Netanyahu’s associates are pressing him to push up the elections,” the source said.

“Whichever way you look at it, the government will not make it to the end of the year,” a Likud source said.

Another Likud source said “Netanyahu doesn’t want to be the one to push up the elections. He also doesn’t want to hold them after failing to extend the budget.”

One possible cause for holding early elections is the controversial Tal Law, which exempts ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from mandatory military service. The law, which the High Court of Justice declared unconstitutional in February, is to expire in August, compelling the government to deal with the explosive issue.

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