ביבי וגנץ בפגישת מו"מ בקריה
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
Photo: Elad Malka
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz

Likud legislation aims to cut election season in half

Broad support is expected for amendment to reduce minimum period before snap elections from 90 to 45 days; senior officials on right insist third round of elections will weaken the camp, cost them Knesset seats

Moran Azulay |
Updated: 11.26.19 , 14:23
The Likud Party on Tuesday tabled an amendment to the election law so that the minimum time allowed to hold snap elections to be cut down from 90 to 45 days.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter
  • There is a broad cross-party consensus for the move with Yisrael Beytenu having already suggested the change and the Blue and White party reportedly considering the change positively.
    ביבי וגנץ בפגישת מו"מ בקריהביבי וגנץ בפגישת מו"מ בקריה
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
    (Photo: Elad Malka)
    As the political stalemate continues and a third election campaign within a year seems inevitable, Likud MK Miki Zohar, who tabled the amendment to the law, said that in the interest of the country, elections should be held as soon as possible after they were announced.
    Likud Member of Knesset Miki Zohar  Likud Member of Knesset Miki Zohar
    Likud Member of Knesset Miki Zohar
    (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
    The amended law would also cancel the vacation day given to Israelis on Election Day in an effort to reduce the cost to the local economy.
    Meanwhile, some on the right have expressed a desire to avoid a third round of elections, arguing it could cost their camp in votes.
    Among those voices was New Right leader Ayelet Shaked, who said Tuesday: "There is a real danger that the next elections will result in a 61-member bloc for the center-left parties supported by the [predominately Arab Joint List]."
    לאשה לאשה
    New Right leader Ayelet Shaked
    (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
    Shaked said dragging the country into another election was irresponsible in light of the challenges Israel is facing.
    "It is a matter of willingness to reach agreements," Shaked said, referring to the abortive coalition talks held after the April and September votes.
    Likud minister Ze'ev Elkin, speaking at the same Sderot memorial event for late prime minister YItzhak Shamir, said: "I hope there is still a chance to form a viable coalition."
    Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman said both major parties - Likud and Blue and White - are equally to blame for the political crisis.
    First published: 14:23 , 11.26.19
    Talkbacks for this article 0