Israel's parliament dissolves amid political upheaval

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Israel's parliament dissolves amid political upheaval

Postby admin » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:03 am

Israel's parliament dissolves amid political upheaval

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve the nation's parliament Monday amid mounting political upheaval.
The bill dissolving the 120-seat Knesset passed with 93 votes in favor. No one voted against it.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called for the dissolution as he sacked two senior members of his coalition Cabinet for criticizing government policy. Last week the speaker of the Knesset said new elections would likely be held on March 17.
The moves come at a tenuous time in Israel, which has been beset by a number of recent terrorist attacks against citizens in Jerusalem.
Israeli government in state of 'collapse' Israeli PM fires key ministers
The head of the right-wing Likud party, Netanyahu has been Israel's Prime Minister since 2009. But he's had to rely on members of other parties -- many of them to the left of Likud on the political spectrum -- to govern.
Netanyahu told reporters last week that a divided government was one of Israel's problems, saying there was a lot of debate, contradictions and ultimatums.
He ordered letters of dismissal for Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, two members of his Cabinet from rival parties.
"During the last few weeks and, in particular, the last few days, the ministers have intensely attacked the government that I am leading," Netanyahu said. "... I will not tolerate ministers attacking the government's policy and its head from inside the government."
The call for new elections means Israel is effectively in a state of political paralysis until March.
Israel held its last election just 22 months ago. A poll for Israel's Channel 2 suggested that 55% of those surveyed were against another election being held so soon.
Monday's vote makes the 19th Knesset one of the shortest serving parliaments in Israel's 66-year history, according to Natan Sachs, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Middle East Policy in Washington.
The moves come at a tumultuous time for Israel, Sachs wrote in an opinion column for last week.
"With the dramatic challenges Israel faces, domestically, regionally and internationally, expect the sense of malaise in Israeli politics to deepen," he wrote. "These elections may simply be a prelude to a deeper political crisis." ... dissolves/

With Israel under attack on all fronts I'm guessing Netanyahu will get the political outcome he wants. That could mean giving Netanyahu the green light for war soon after the in an attack on Irans nuclear facilities and terrorist strongholds in Syria. I get the feeling Netanyahu fired those 2 "left" politicians so he could get unimpeded support for military action to protect Israel. I suspect Netanyahu is getting his own house in order in preparation for military action.

Or perhaps the opposite could happen, Israel votes "left" and its enemies decide to attack?

Whatever happens big things looming on the horizon, I think 2015 will be a year of great upheaval and if 2014 hasn't seen enough already.

Is this Isaiah 17 coming? Israel is already hitting Damascus. If you're living in Damascus, get the heck out of there now! Netanyahu seemed to be delaying action against Iran previously at the request of the Obama administration. I think now Netanyahu is long past waiting for the USA's permission.

I wonder if these dates are significant?

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