Netanyahu calls an early election with corruption scandals swirling

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington U.S

Israel to hold early election in April

Israelis will soon be heading toward the polls after the heads of all six coalition parties announced that they were dissolving the government, forcing new elections.

A statement from their Zionist Union alliance said: "We welcome the early elections".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, struggling to keep his majority together and fighting off corruption allegations, has made a decision to dramatically shorten the timetable for his country's elections.

"Erdogan, the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside Turkey and outside it - will not lecture Israel on morality", said Netanyahu, according to the Jerusalem Post. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Rarely do governments last an entire term, due to Israel's complex parliamentary system.

Police say there's evidence the Prime Minister committed bribery and traded regulatory favours in exchange for positive media coverage.

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Holding elections while the possibility of criminal charges hang over Mr Netanyahu will allow him to claim the Israeli public voted for him with full knowledge of the allegations, Ms Tsurkov said.

Netanyahu has been prime minister for a total of more than 12 years, from 1996 to 1999 and again since 2009. At today's Likud meeting, Netanyahu brushed off a reporter's question and said he expected the investigations to lead nowhere.

Despite Netanyahu's recent legal and political troubles, polls have indicated he would remain prime minister after new elections, putting him in line to become Israel's longest-serving premier.

An electoral victory would send a message that "you can not overturn the results of a democratic election", he said.

The justice ministry announced Monday that deliberations were continuing and were "not dependent on political events".

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Mr Netanyahu's coalition has been rocked by internal divisions for months.

"It's more than likely that he's going to ask each party, will they support him if the attorney-general decides to indict", Hazan said.

Netanyahu's coalition was left with a one-seat majority in parliament following defence minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation in November over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal.

As a result, Netanyahu convened his fellow coalition faction leaders and the decision was made to dissolve parliament and go to elections. But since Lieberman's resignation the coalition has been relying on the slimmest of parliamentary majorities, just 61 out of its 120 members, and has found governing hard. As a deadline for the legislation loomed, his religious coalition partners were demanding the legislation be weakened.

Outside Likwd, Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid opposition party, is seen as the strongest candidate to succeed Netanyahu in any upset.

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