Netanyahu Opens Israeli Re-election Bid; Knesset Disbands

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 04:30 AM


  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing re-election in three months, opened his campaign by citing increased global efforts to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon as evidence of his growing clout.

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a law early Tuesday by a vote of 100-0 that dissolves the government and sets new elections for Jan. 22. Netanyahu said on Oct. 9 he wants to hold elections a year ahead of schedule after failing to agree with his coalition partners on cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said on Oct. 13 the decision to move elections forward in response to the budget impasse was “a good move” that will benefit the economy.

The Israeli polling comes amid accelerating inflation as the government raises taxes and oil prices increase. Tensions with Iran are also growing in the midst of concern about the nature of the Islamic Republic’s atomic work.

Netanyahu said in a speech to the Knesset in Jerusalem that his government had “returned security” to Israel through steps such as the deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system, the construction of a security fence along the Egyptian border and mobilizing the international community against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

Global Agenda

“We raised the Iranian threat to the center of the global agenda, and unprecedented sanctions were imposed” on the Persian Gulf nation, Netanyahu said. “We have a capability that we didn’t have before to act against Iran and its proxies.”

The United States and Israel will begin their largest joint air and missile defense exercise by the end of this month, Navy Lieutenant Commander Wendy Snyder, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement Monday.

The exercise follows open disagreement between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama over the timing of any military strikes to stop the Iranian nuclear program that Iran says is for civilian purposes.

The European Union (EU) approved extra curbs on trade with Iran Monday, including on its finance, energym and transport industries. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast Tuesday called the sanctions “illogical and inhumane” and repeated his government’s readiness for “constructive” talks.

Shaul Mofaz, leader of the opposition Kadima party, responded from the Knesset podium that Netanyahu has left Israel a “weaker, more isolated, and fearful” country and called him “the most cynical prime minister in the history of modern Zionism.”

Likud Support

Two surveys published last week in the newspapers Haaretz and Ma’ariv found that Netanyahu’s Likud party is favored to win re-election. The polls had Likud taking 29 Knesset seats, making it the largest parliamentary faction, and together with other parties in the current ruling coalition gaining more than the 60 seats needed to form a new government.

Inflation accelerated to 2.1 percent in the 12 months through September from 1.9 percent the previous month, the Jerusalem-based Central Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. Tuesday, the bureau will release its third estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product.

© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

John Kerry to Cuba: 'Tear Down The Digital Wall'

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:12 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a challenge to Cuba to "tear down the digital wall," evoking former President Ronal . . .

US Leads 22 More Air Strikes Against Islamic State

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:55 AM

The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq,  . . .

Pope Francis: Vatican Brass Diseased With Power and Greed

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 08:45 AM

The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved