Netanyahu: Elections 'Responsible, Decent, Democratic' Choice

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud party chairman and opposition leader Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu said new elections should be 'a given' when a prime minister resigns.

"After a dramatic development such as the resignation of a prime minister, only one thing should happen and that is going to general elections," Netanyahu told reporters at a press conference in Tel Aviv Tuesday.

"It is unprecedented that a small group of Kadima [party] members should determine who Israel's prime minister is," he said. "The decision must be given to the people. Setting a date for general elections is the responsible, the decent and the democratic thing to do. The nation should decide who leads it and in which direction," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said the nation needs "a change of policy, not more of the same failed policy, [which] is why this government should be replaced."

"We are not joining the failure. We are the alternative to the failure," he said.

The Likud party chairman said without going to general elections first, no government would be able to function properly.

"Such a government would be busy stabilizing itself constantly instead of governing," he said. "Stability can be achieved only by going to general elections."

On the podium with him were MKs (members of Knesset) Limor Livnat and Silvan Shalom.

Livnat called on Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to inform Israelis about the issues she has been discussing with her counterpart, Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia, while Shalom called on the Shas party to be true to its principles by not joining the Livni-led coalition.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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