Bill to dissolve 18th Knesset brought to plenum (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV, JPOST.COM STAFF 05/07/12)
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The Knesset began discussing a bill that would dissolve the 18th
Knesset Monday night. Earlier in the day, the Knesset House committee
approved the expedition of the bill, paving the way for a plenum vote.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated earlier Monday that he wants
general elections to be scheduled for early September, more than a
year ahead of schedule.
"We are proposing September 4, after which, God and voters willing,
we will receive a mandate," he said in a cabinet meeting.
In an address to the Likud convention in Tel Aviv on Sunday,
Netanyahu said that an early election would ensure political
stability, justifying his decision to move up elections.
“The achievements of this government are a result of a joint vision
and a partnership that was possible due to political stability,”
Netanyahu said. “We have not had such a stable government in decades.”
Calls for general elections come amid recent proposals to replace the
Tal Law which allows haredi (ultra-Orthodox) men to indefinitely
defer IDF service and was recently invalidated by the High Court of
Justice. Dissolution of the Knesset would automatically extend the
Tal Law, which was set to expire on August 1, for six to eight months.
Netanyahu also called for the Tal Law to be replaced with legislation
that “will make the burden [of serving in the IDF or civilian
service] more equal and fair.”
Earlier in the day, Yisrael Beytenu called for the Knesset’s
dissolution – which is expected to be finalized on Tuesday – to be
postponed, so the party’s “Equal National Service for All” bill can
be brought to a vote.
The party opened an online petition in support of the bill, which
would require every citizen to enlist in the IDF or perform civilian
Kadima joined Yisrael Beytenu’s calls, saying that the government is
missing a “historic opportunity to clean the moral stain that is the
Tal Law.” Kadima and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz visited Camp
Sucker, the protest group for universal service, at its tent outside
the Likud political convention.
According to Mofaz, an early election, which will lead to the Tal Law
being extended for six to eight months, is a “stinky political trick”
by Netanyahu, Yacimovich and the haredi parties. Kadima Chairwoman
Dalia Itzik on Monday reiterated to call to replace the Tal Law prior
to dissolution of the Knesset. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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