Ministers approve early elections bill (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.07.12, 12:05)
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Bill calling for Sept. 4 elections submitted for Knesset´s approval;
PM lauds gov´t for ´great achievements´
The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs has approved on
Monday a legislation that calls for early Knesset elections to be
held on September 4. The legislation has been submitted for the
"I would have been very glad if we could have completed the term,"
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during Monday´s government
meeting, but noted that having a short election season "is the right
thing to do."
Netanyahu lauded the ministers for the government´s "excellent
"The government has made great achievements due to our collaborative
work, our vision and the political stability, which has been
imperative to our success," he said. "I don´t think that we´ve had
such a stable government for decades.
"It´s no secret that over the past year there has been a certain lack
of stability, which always leads to extortion. These factors
undermine the primary elements of defense, economy and society."
He said that if he is elected again, he will establish a government
as large and stable as possible, which would enable the leaders
to "deal with the great challenges that we will face."
Shas ministers abstained from the televote, but later blamed the move
on "a misunderstanding."
"Shas´ unambiguous stance is to support the early elections and the
legislation," a Shas official said. "(Shas ministers) abstained due
to confusion. We support the bill."
PM vows to battle murder
Early in the government meeting Netanyahu addressed the recent murder
cases that involve teens: "We know that there has been a reduction of
30% in the incidence of murder, but these cases are brutal and
underline our acknowledged need to battle these occurrences full
Thirty-seven murders occurred so far this year, compared to 52 over
the same period in 2011.
The prime minister noted that he has asked Internal Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino to
compile a report on the "shocking incidents that have taken the lives
of Israeli citizens." He expressed confidence that the trend could be
Also during the meeting, Netanyahu congratulated Francois Hollande
for being elected president in France.
"The ties between Israel and France have always been friendly, and I
expect them to continue as such," he said. Yair Altman contributed to
the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/07/12)
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