A member of Israel's Knesset says Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu will be in a much stronger position domestically and with
regard to foreign policy for calling for early elections in
Israelis were not scheduled to go to the polls for national
elections until October 2013, but Netanyahu has decided to call for
new elections, which will likely be held in February. (
See earlier article)
Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the
Israeli Knesset and a member of the ruling Likud Party, is
currently in the United States promoting his new book, Israel:
The Will to Prevail, which is critical of President Barack
Obama. In light of the current budget impasse in Israel, he says it
is the right time to call for new elections.
"We see the coalition is falling apart," Danon notes. "The prime
minister decided Enough with the blackmail. We will go for
early elections. And within a few months, we will have a new
government led by the Likud Party and Prime Minister Benjamin
The Knesset deputy speaker asserts that the new government will
be much stronger than the current one when it comes to dealing with
things like the budget and Iran.
"At the beginning of the term, you are able to make tough
decisions defense-wise, economical-wise, and you cannot do it when
you're finishing your term," he explains.
Netanyahu remains popular with voters in Israel, easily
outpolling all potential challengers.