Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.
It wasn’t the call for early elections that was unusual about this week’s announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will move up its next election to early 2013, from its scheduled slot in October 2013.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has called on the Israeli parliament to disband itself and begin preparing for early elections.
Israelis went to sleep Monday night expecting early elections in September for the 19th Knesset. They woke up to the news that elections would take place as planned in October 2013.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition chairman MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) reached a surprise agreement early Tuesday morning to form a national unity government.
Israel's Cabinet agreed to hold early elections for the 19th Knesset on Sept. 4.