Netanyahu’s Party Aims for Sept. 4 Elections
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party submitted a bill to dissolve the Knesset on Wednesday, as Israel’s political system readies for upcoming early general elections.
Kadima released a statement following the Likud’s submission, saying that the party would “support every bill to move up the elections at any date the Knesset agrees to.”
Israel’s political arena has been abuzz with the likelihood of elections being moved up from their due 2013 date, with 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.
Earlier Wednesday, political sources cited Speaker Reuven Rivlin as saying that the parliament could disperse within two weeks, adding that a bill calling for the dissolution of the Knesset will arrive at the parliament’s floor on Monday, and could be vetted the following Tuesday or Wednesday.
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