Almost half of Israelis support efforts to cancel the fresh elections scheduled for September, according to a poll conducted by i24NEWS and Israel Hayom.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been recently exploring ways of canceling the elections and renewing efforts to form a coalition government.
#Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party have floated the idea of canceling the September elections called after the incumbent premier failed to form a governing coalition and the #Israeli parliament was dissolved. https://t.co/EfoeMyjl5j
— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) June 27, 2019
On Tuesday, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) declared that he had “found a parliamentary framework and there is an option to cancel the most unnecessary elections in Israel’s history”.
The public opinion poll revealed that 48 percent of Israelis support such a move, with 29 percent opposing (another 23 percent of respondents said they “don’t know”).
Netanyahu to consider proposal to cancel upcoming Israeli election, party says – Israel Election 2019 https://t.co/VpRObzzMIJ
— Ian S. Patton (@ispatton) June 28, 2019
Meanwhile, the same i24NEWS–Israel Hayompoll also found that a clear majority – 57 percent – of Israelis back the formation of a unity government between Likud and the opposition Blue and White list headed by former military chief Benny Gantz.
Twenty-one percent rejected such a development, and 22 percent said they “don’t know”.
— Israel Collapse (@israelCollapse) June 27, 2019
The possibility of a unity government between Likud and Blue and White is reportedly being considered in the context of canceling the September elections, allowing for a stable coalition government to emerge.
Blue and White, however, has reiterated its opposition to sitting in government with Netanyahu, who faces indictments later this year on corruption allegations.
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