Kahlon: I don’t rule out dissolving the Knesset in the winter session


Palestinian Finance Minister Moshia Kahlon predicted that the Knesset would be dissolved at the beginning of the winter session in October and that early parliamentary elections would be held due to the arguments over the “Recruitment Law” that needs to be rewritten before it expires.

“I don’t see how we can reach understandings between various parties involved in the government coalition,” Kahlon told Ynet. Lieberman threatened to withdraw if there were any amendments to the draft law.

Kahlon added: I trust their statements and positions of the draft law, so t is more likely that with the start of the parliamentary winter session, the Knesset will be dissolved and early elections will be announced.”

The Israeli finance minister believes that from a political point of view, no party wants to dissolve the Knesset and go to early elections over the rewriting of the law governing military recruitment.

Asked if he coordinated with PM Benjamin Netanyahu the position to dissolve the Knesset and go to a large election, he said: “We are not in theatrical performances, I am convinced and confident in everything I declare and have solid evidence for what I say. We are about to end the fourth year of this government, which was an excellent period. So you can go to the polls.”

The Israeli Supreme Court extended the current “Recruitment Law” for three months, after the prosecution requested that it be extended for seven months until the Knesset’s winter session in April 2019.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of War, opposes the Recruitment Law. He formed a committee that recommended economic sanctions and fines for the Haganah in case of violation of the conditions of recruitment.

Haredim rejected the conclusions and recommendations of the committee, which also recommended the recruitment of Haredi school students in the Israeli army and the reduction of the granted exemptions.

The Ultra-Orthodox parties are trying to accelerate the process of passing the law, which gives full exemption to the Haredim.

According to the bill proposed by the government, causing a crisis with the harem parties, 3,000 IDF religious school students will be recruited in the first stage while 600 will volunteer to serve in the national service, with two-year amendment periods when no penalties will be imposed if Religious Schools did not meet their recruitment thresholds.