Israeli Elections May be Set for February

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JERUSALEM, Israel - February 10, 2009, seems the most likely date for Israel's general elections.

With nearly unanimous support by all political parties - outside of the Pensioners party - to hold elections as soon as possible, Kadima party faction head Yoel Hasson withdrew a bill that could have delayed the process.

"Kadima has chosen to take the path already set by law and not to forward a motion to disperse the Knesset out of concern that this will actually lead to a delay," Hasson said.

Gideon Sa'ar, faction chairman of the Likud party, said the opposition has been calling for elections for more than a year.

"We demanded elections and Kadima party joined our request very late…We are satisfied that Kadima is also backing this position," Sa'ar said.

"The legislative process can be dangerous because certain individuals in the Knesset have an interest in delaying the elections," he said.

Sa'ar said Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu is the people's choice and would form Israel's next government.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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