Knesset to Dissolve Itself Within 24 Hours
The Knesset will begin preparations Monday afternoon for passing a law for its own dissolution. The law is expected to pass by Monday night or Tuesday morning. After the final vote on the law, the Knesset will go into a three month pre-election recess.
The bill for dissolving the Knesset was presented by the government itself, in order to speed up the process and remove the need for a preliminary reading.
Coalition Chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin estimated in an interview for IDF Radio that the move could be completed by the evening.
Elkin said that attempts by members of the coalition or opposition to postpone the Knesset's dissolution in order to pass a new law governing enlistment to the IDF were no more than propaganda.
Elkin was asked about the Likud Conference Sunday, in which Binyamin Netanyahu experienced a failure in an attempt to get control of the conference. The coalition chairman said that Likud is a democratic party and that one needs to accept the system's shortcomings as well as its advantages.
Netanyahu had attempted to set up an open vote for the election of members to the Likud internal court, and for electing himself to preside over the Likud Conference. However, members of the conference demanded that the vote be held as a secret ballot, in order to avoid a situation in which Netanyahu's candidates automatically receive preference. The shouts of "Secret! Secret!" overpowered Netanyahu, and he eventually cancelled the plan for an open vote.