Published: Mon, June 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Says 'Too Bad' Israel Headed for Election Rerun

Trump Says 'Too Bad' Israel Headed for Election Rerun

Mr. Lieberman says he is fighting to prevent Israel becoming a religious state, and by saying so he is attacking Mr. Netanyahu's ties with religious parties.

In what seemed an improbable scenario just days ago, Israel's newly elected Knesset dissolved itself in an early morning 74-45 vote and set a new election date for September 17.

On April 9, Netanyahu secured a record fifth term as premier after his Likud party won 36 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

Scorned by centrists, Netanyahu became more beholden to the political right, but he is also facing pushback there from Orthodox Jewish parties opposed to legislation eliminating religious exemptions to avoid military conscription.

"I am not against the ultra-orthodox community". Calling Netanyahu a "great guy", Trump said he feels "very badly" that the country has to face another election because there is "enough turmoil" in the region.

Netanyahu has a home in the tony coastal town of Caesarea; Liberman lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim.

"They're back in the election stage".

Lieberman called the accusations ridiculous and retorted that the new election was indeed unfortunate but a result of Netanyahu caving in to the ultra-Orthodox.

Many opponents and political commentators saw Netanyahu's push for a new election, before the poll in April and now, as being largely motivated by his legal woes. The Blue and White didn't stand a chance to form the government this time because it lacked allies.

On the 40th anniversary of the International Quds Day, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani penned a letter to heads of Islamic states to warn them against U.S. and Israeli devised peace plan for Palestine dubbed "the Deal of the Century".

"There's been signals of him even trying to invite senior Russian officials to Israel along with John Bolton to try to emphasize that Netanyahu is a uniquely positioned figure to try and bring Trump and Putin together". And now that they know that the new election will lighten the country's coffers by almost $140 million, they are even more unhappy.

The next "snap" election is scheduled for September 17, 2019.

The Iranian president added that the US' recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital and the relocation of Washington's embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, as well as declaring Israeli sovereignty over Syria's Golan Heights show Washington's "overt hostility not only against the Palestinians but against the entire Muslim world".

There has been no comment yet from the Trump administration, even with the plan's architects arriving in Israel as the vote to move to new elections was about to be taken.

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