Facing potential indictment, Netanyahu opts for snap polls
Date created : 25/12/2018 - 13:34
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a skilled survivor of Israel's cutthroat politics, is hoping snap elections will help him withstand a potential corruption indictment, analysts say, and polls show he is likely to succeed.
Netanyahu's government decided on Monday to hold snap elections on April 9, seven months early, as it struggles to pass legislation with only a one-seat majority in parliament.
Israel's parliament, or Knesset, must still formally vote to dissolve itself and set the election date. A first vote was scheduled for Wednesday.
Failure to agree on a key bill on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the military like their secular counterparts was the ostensible reason to call elections, but many analysts pointed to Netanyahu's legal concerns as a decisive factor.
Israel's state prosecutor Shai Nitzan told a conference last week that he was wrapping up his recommendations on three separate cases of alleged corruption and handing them over to the attorney general.
April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 266 days remaining until the end of the year.
Tue, 9 April 2019 = 4th of Nisan, 5779
ד׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ט
"ד׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ט" = 127 (Hebrew Ordinal)
"ד׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ט" = 46 (Hebrew Reduction)
Parashat Metzora (in Diaspora)
Parashat Metzora / פרשת מצרע
"פרשת מצרע" = 39 (Hebrew Reduction)
"פרשת מצרע" = 147 (Hebrew Ordinal)
"Parashat Metzora" = 707 (Satanic)
"Parashat Metzora" = 1107 (Jewish)
Parashat Metzora is the 28th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
"IV.IX.MMXIX" = 147 (English Ordinal)
"IV.IX.MMXIX" = 57 (Full Reduction)
From Rosh Hashana to Israeli election 211 days
From and including: Monday, September 10, 2018
To, but not including Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Result: 211 days
Or 6 months, 30 days ...630+036=666