Likud sources say elections will be called for September 4 (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By GABE FISHER 05/01/12)
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Potential date for new vote would be before holidays, but after end
of summer break
September 4 is emerging as the most likely date for upcoming Knesset
election, sources in the ruling Likud party confirmed Tuesday morning.
The date is later than Likud and Coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu
had original wanted, according to media reports which originally
listed August 14 as the prefered date between the parties.
Sources in the party said the date was not final and would likely be
decided on next week when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a
final decision on whether to call early elections. Elections were
originally scheduled for early 2013.
Likud is expected to introduce a bill to dissolve the current Knesset
and call for general elections in the coming days or weeks, in a move
widely seen as a stratagem to consolidate power. Recent polls have
shown Netanyahu, the Likud and the right-wing coalition maintaining
control of the Knesset for another four years if early elections are
The September 4 date is before Rosh Hashana and significantly earlier
than potential dates floated by many of the political parties,
according to a Maariv report on Monday. Although Labor favors the
September date, the smaller parties all favor elections in mid-late
August or early November.
Kadima, currently the largest party in the Knesset, reportedly
preferred a date in October, after the holidays. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF
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