Israeli election moved up, rightwing parties combine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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A U.S.-born Israeli author and former politician thinks it was a shrewd political move by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new right-wing coalition in order to virtually assure his re-election early next year.   

As reported earlier by OneNewsNow, Israel was not supposed to have elections until October 2013. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to call for early elections because if he waited the opposition might grow stronger and he might not be as popular in the polls.

Rubin, DavidDavid Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh and author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He says the Israeli leader has taken an additional step that will ensure that he remains prime minister.

"Netanyahu's Likud Party has merged with Avigdor Lieberman's Israel Our Home Party -- in Hebrew, it's Yisrael Beitenu. So they're combining, and it's going to be Likud-Beitenu," he tells OneNewsNow.

"It's going to be the biggest party in Israel. It virtually guarantees that Netanyahu will be the next prime minister of Israel."

Rubin believes such a coalition is necessary in light of the continued threat from Iran.

"The threat is greater than it has ever been in Israel's very existence," he declares. So, yes, the two right-of-center parties joining together is significant. I'm hopeful that the right wing will win this election in Israel in January."

Israelis will go to the polls on January 22 to elect the 19th Knesset.

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