It has been announced that there will be upcoming elections for the most recent Knesset, Israel’s parliamentary body. Israeli native Yoram Eliyahu comments on what this means for the future of Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the date for upcoming elections for the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, Thursday. The announcement comes as a bill has been proposed calling for the dissolution of the current Knesset after the election. In light of this happening, two major political parties, Kadima and Likud, came together to form a unity government. According to a poll carried out by Israeli news outlet, Haaretz, Prime Minister Netanyahu showed signs of being the clear leader for winning the upcoming election.
Elections were supposed to take place back on September 4, but the bill that would call for the elections and dissolve the current Knesset was not valid for dictating elections. The bill was then redone and presented with a new election date of January 22, 2013. Yoram Eliyahu knows that the important decisions that affect his homeland of Israel are put upon the Knesset to decide. Elections are held every four years, after which, the members of the Knesset elect a prime minister and president. The procedure is similar to how British parliament works.
Israel has had 18 sessions of the Knesset since it’s founding in 1949. Each Knesset is designated by which number election formed it. Yoram Eliyahu is excited with the election’s outcome and what it will mean for the future of the country. With many foreign and domestic issues that require solution, a smooth election is necessary for the health of Israel. According to the polls surveying who was better suited for the position of prime minister, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considered to be the best man for the upcoming job as far as the public is concerned.
Netanyahu is the leader of the Likud Party, a center-right to right-wing political party in Israel that currently holds a major share of seats in the Knesset. They, as well as Kadima, hold the majority of seats in the Knesset. The elections distribute seats to the different political parties according to the percentage of votes they received.
Yorem Eliyahu is a native Israeli who remains involved with the affairs of his homeland even after immigrating to the United States. He is also very involved with charities and his synagogue.