photo: Marc Israel Sellem

Israel proves once again that it is the only true democracy in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for elections to take place in the beginning of 2013. Netanyahu announced: “My obligation as prime minister is to put the national interest above all else, and therefore I decided that the good of Israel requires going to elections now, as soon as possible…So after four years, we will go to elections. I will seek a new mandate to continue to lead the people of Israel.”

Israeli law allows for January 15 to be the earliest possible date for elections since this would be three months after the Knesset resumes next Monday.

Israel’s parliament – the Knesset

Netanyahu notified President Shimon Peres, top politicians in his Likud party and the heads of all Knesset parties before making the announcement.

Israel is proving once again that it is the only true democracy in the Middle East as it heads to true democratic elections.  Even the process leading up to the elections proves this point.  The Knesset will meet when its winter sessions opens on October 15 and the process to pass a bill to dissolve the Knesset will begin.  Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon explained to the Jerusalem Post that “Laws having to do with elections need to be clear and clean of all doubt, and when a doubt arises, like in this case, we must be meticulous in removing all doubt.”

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