Netanyahu, under pressure, dissolves Israeli parliament and calls for new elections in April
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a collapse of his coalition and looming legal problems, on Monday announced the dissolution of Israel’s current parliament, with elections set for April 9.
Under Israeli law, elections would ordinarily have been held by November 2019, when Netanyahu’s current four-year term is to end. Early elections, however, had appeared likely ever since Netanyahu’s coalition was left hanging by a parliamentary majority of a single vote following last month’s resignation by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Netanyahu, who remains by far the most popular party leader in Israel’s rambunctious multiparty polity, faces several steep challenges in the coming months.
The highest hurdle may be his own legal predicament. He appears sure to be indicted following police and state attorney recommendations that he be prosecuted on several corruption charges.
December 24, 2018 at 4:58 PM #4609Ohio BarbarianModerator
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more Americans, and more American Jews, criticize his policies and methods, and his neoliberal austerity programs cause resentments at home. Hopefully the Israelis will elect someone more sane.
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December 24, 2018 at 5:08 PM #4611SatanParticipant
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He only “won” the election by forming a coalition with the minor right wing extremist parties which are even crazier than the Likud party is. And he only got their support by reversing his own stated policies on a two state solution (even though that policy was more words than action as it is, given his support of the illegal settlements in the West bank, his dumb fascist wall, etc.)
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December 25, 2018 at 8:05 AM #4787Snort McDorkParticipant
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