Netanyahu seeks early elections in 4 months (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.06.12, 21:41)
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Prime minister says short election campaign is preferable for sake of
restoring political stability, stops short of naming September 4 as
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday addressed for the first
time the prospect of early elections stressing his desire to hold the
Knesset elections as soon as possible. Netanyahu did not name the
exact date of the elections, estimated to take place on September 4,
but stated that "a short 4-month campaign is preferable for the sake
of political stability."
Speaking at the Likud convention in Tel Aviv, the prime minister
added that political instability invariably leads to extortion and
populism that harm security, the economy and society. "I will not
allow a campaign of a year and a half that will harm the country," he
In a typical election speech, Netanyahu took a jab at his rivals,
particularly Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich. "The State of
Israel cannot afford to have a prime minister devoid of political,
economic and security experience. That is the necessary combination,"
He opened his speech by thanking the citizens of Israel for their
condolences following the death of his father Prof. Benzion
He listed his government´s achievements. "We have systematically hurt
many of those who sought to hurt us. We both initiated and responded
with determination to any attack. With the help of the Iron Dome
system and the border fence we have proven we handle security with
power and discretion," he said.
Netanyahu also mentioned the return of former captive soldier Gilad
Shalit and noted various achievements in the economy, education and
Addressing the Iranian threat, Netanyahu said that the world is
standing behind efforts against the Iranian nuclear program, largely
due to Israel´s activity. He pledged not to ease up on pressure
before the threat is lifted.
"There is much more that needs to be done in all areas, including
replacing the Tal Law with a new bill that will divide the burden in
a just and equal manner. We shall search for opportunities to promote
peace with our neighbors and defend our people´s vital interests," he
The prime minister expressed confidence that the Likud will win the
Knesset elections and form the next government. "God willing we shall
form as wide a government as possible and continue to lead the
country with vigor to ensure the future of the Jewish people in the
land of Israel forever."
Netanyahu was expected to be appointed convention president in order
to approve a line of procedural changes in the party, but ultimately,
and following a commotion involving Likud members, it was decided to
not to hold the vote for the convention presidency on Sunday.
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