“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu announced Tuesday evening that he will be bringing forward the next general elections to early 2013,” . “He did not specify a date, but said he would go to the polls ‘as soon as possible’ and spoke of a ‘three month campaign’ — which could mean as soon as January 2013. ‘I seek a renewed mandate from the people to continue to lead the state of Israel,’ he said. He said his government, which was about to mark four years in office, had been ‘the most stable in decades.’ It had made impressive achievements in the fields of security — including deployment of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, and progress on the Israel-Egypt border fence — and on the economy, even in the midst of global financial crisis. But there was still much work to be done — including thwarting Iran’s nuclear drive, defending Israel’s borders from terror and infiltration, maintaining Israel’s regional peace accords, protecting Israel’s interests in peace efforts with the Palestinians, and nurturing the economy, Netanyahu said.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ignited an expedited election campaign Tuesday night when he announced that he would seek an early election when the Knesset returns from its extended summer recess next Monday.
In a statement he delivered at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that after completing his round of meetings with his coalition partners, he concluded that he could not pass the 2013 state budget, so he would have no choice but to initiate elections.
“My obligation as prime minister is to put the national interest above all else, and therefore I decided that the good of Israel requires going to elections now, as soon as possible,” Netanyahu said. “A three-month election campaign would be preferable for Israel than a long campaign that would last an entire year and harm the economy. So after four years, we will go to elections. I will seek a new mandate to continue to lead the people of Israel.”
Netanyahu did not give a specific date for the election and he was purposely vague about the timing. The earliest possible election date by law would be January 15, while the first date that would be four years after the last election would be February 12.