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The early elections will probably see Netanyahu become Israel’s longest-serving PM

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by Dr Mohsen Mohammad Saleh

The dissolution of the Knesset, agreed unanimously by the heads of Israel’s coalition parties and approved by the parliament itself, was more or less expected because it was talked about throughout the second half of 2018. The proposed election date of 9 April is not regarded as too early, albeit it is seven months ahead of schedule.


The calls for early elections were a lifeline for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to escape the tightening noose of three corruption cases filed against him, as recommended by the police and awaiting a decision by the State Prosecutor’s Office on indictments. Netanyahu faces charges of taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust. With an election campaign underway, it will be difficult for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to indict the Likud leader in order to make sure that the charges will not be a key issue for voters. That’s why those close to Mendelblit said that he would postpone his decision on the corruption probes against Netanyahu. Nevertheless, there are calls for the Attorney General to make the effort and conclude work on the charges before the election so that voters can make informed decisions at the ballot........

© Middle East Monitor