Netanyahu: Not afraid of elections (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Latest Update: 04.29.12, 00:47)
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Increasing signs that Israel´s elections will be held in 2012; Shas:
Bibi already decided
Will Israelis head to the polls in 2012? Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu told his associates Saturday that he does not fear the
prospect of early elections, further reinforcing assessments that
Israelis will be heading to the polls this year.
"I won´t remain in a situation where I face extortion by coalition
partners," Netanyahu reportedly told the associates in a closed-door
session. "I´m not afraid of elections."
Meanwhile, senior coalition members also claimed that the elections
will be brought forward to 2012.
"Netanyahu has already decided that the elections will be held this
year," a senior Shas party official told Ynet. "The real reason for
it is the budget; there is no way to pass it."
The Shas member said expected budget cuts are the real reason for
dismantling Israel´s governing coalition, rather than talk about
drafting ultra-Orthodox Israelis into the military.
Members of another coalition faction, United Torah Judaism, are also
preparing for early elections. The party´s chairman, Knesset Member
Yaakov Litzman, said he doesn´t know when elections will be held, but
added that "we are preparing for every possibility."
A senior government minister also estimated that elections are in the
cards, saying that "even though Netanyahu has not yet announces his
position, and even though he seemingly has not decided it, we see the
dynamics of elections taking shape." Kobi Nachshoni contributed to
the story (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/29/12)
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