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Early elections in Israel?

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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 9:20 am

The political machinery in Israel is gearing up for the next election. By law, a vote for a new Knesset must be called by late next year. But in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling, elections could come as early as this January. And if such early elections are triggered, the implications could be significant.

Last week’s Supreme Court decision requires the Knesset to pass a new law to draft haredi Orthodox yeshiva students, and directs that the law be in place by Dec. 2. Although the drafting of these men — who have long enjoyed an exemption from military and/or national service — is a goal of virtually all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners, it is anathema to his haredi partners, whose continued participation in the government is necessary in order for Netanyahu to remain as prime minister. Were the haredi parties to quit the government over the extension of the draft to their constituency, their departure would deprive Netanyahu of his majority and trigger new elections.

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