Early elections likely for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli elections are likely to come a year earlier than scheduled.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked his advisers to look into holding new national elections in August or September, according to Ynet. October, right after the High Holidays, also is a possibility, according to reports.

There has been no official announcement of early elections.

The reasons for early elections include Netanyahu’s desire to consolidate his position ahead of U.S. elections in November, as well as the looming coalition crisis over the Tal Law, which gives military deferments for full-time yeshiva students.

Polls have shown that Netanyahu’s Likud Party would gain more seats in early elections.
 

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