Likud MK Bitan: Elections will be held in May

MK David Bitan says that even if Netanyahu is indicted, he will continue to serve as prime minister as the law permits him to do so.

Chaim Lev,

David Bitan
David Bitan
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MK David Bitan (Likud) said on Saturday that he believes the next Knesset elections will be held in May.

"The elections will take place around May, we will not make it to November," he predicted in remarks at an event in Hadera.

Bitan also discussed the investigations against Netanyahu and said that even if the prime minister is indicted for bribery, he will continue in his position as the law permits him to do.

"An indictment for bribery will not change anything, and he will continue to run the country, assuming he is re-elected, as the law allows him to continue in his post. Olmert was in a transitional government during his investigations, so he had to resign as Netanyahu demanded at the time. The prime minister who is under investigation today won a majority in the Knesset. That's the difference, and that’s why he does not have to implement what he demanded from Olmert," said Bitan.

He estimated that, even if Netanyahu is indicted, the entire process will continue for a period of at least two years.

Bitan also discussed the Advisory Committee for the Appointment of Senior Officials’ decision not to recommend Moshe (Chico) Edri to the post of Police Commissioner. The committee had reportedly taken issue with Edri's meeting with Pini Fishler, an attorney for police whistleblower Rafi Rotem.

"The committee is not mandatory. Edri was sent to take a polygraph test after the committee had learned about the meeting, so in this case there is a possibility of deviating from the committee's decision. The government should discuss the decision because there was a tie [among the members of the committee],” said Bitan.