Netanyahu yesterday called for Knesset elections on September 4, 2012 rather than the scheduled date of October 2013 to win a “renewed mandate” and to form a government that can bring about stability. The early elections will also forestall an Israeli High Court decision and efforts by the Kadima Party to invalidate the Tal Law which exempts ultra-orthodox Jews from military service. Netanyahu’s Likud Party is divided over the law and dissolving the Knesset will both postpone the deadline for re-writing it and strengthen Netanyahu’s appeal to religious parties.
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