Rivlin: This Will Be the Current Knesset´s Last Session (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/01/12)
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Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin opened the Knesset’s summer session
on Monday and spoke of the impending elections which will bring about
the end of the 18th Knesset.
“This seems to be the last session of the current Knesset since the
entire country, opposition and coalition, agrees that the Knesset
should go for elections, so that the next Knesset will be able to
decide on issues that are not simple in the life of our nation,”
“The argument is only about when to hold an election,” he added,
noting that the summer session, which will signal the end of the
current government, may end early.
“Once a bill by one of the MKs or the Knesset factions to disperse
the Knesset is passed, an election date will be set and the Knesset
will go on an election break,” said Rivlin.
Rivlin’s remarks came after speculation began on the weekend that
elections for the Knesset are imminent.
The primary point of contention in the Likud-led coalition is Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman´s insistence on immediately nullifying the
Tal Law, which would abolish exemptions to IDF service received by
Israel´s hareidi community.
Lieberman threatened last week to leave the coalition if the
universal national service law he intends to present to the Knesset
does not pass.
On Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that a decision on
whether to hold early elections will be made by the end of the next
Netanyahu, whose father died at the age of 102 on Monday, will be
restricting his official appearances for the next week as he observes
the traditional Jewish first week of mourning known as "shiva."
Meanwhile, a poll released Sunday found that Netanyahu will retain
his leadership after the next elections and will even receive more
seats than he currently has.
The New Wave poll, which was carried out for the Yisrael Hayom
newspaper, found that that if elections were held today, Netanyahu’s
Likud party would win 31 seats, four more than it currently has.
Labor under Shelly Yechimovich would go up four seats and win 17
seats, while Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party would lose one
seat, ending up with 14 Knesset seats.
Kadima headed by Shaul Mofaz is headed for a fall, according to the
poll, dropping from 28 seats to 13 seats. Former journalist Yair
Lapid’s newly formed party would receive 12 seats.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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