JERUSALEM – Israel's general election "take 2" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now seems to be eager to undo the election, said that he would return to the political ring, determined to topple incumbent.
Israeli wants to return to the polls on Sept. 17, less than six months after a general election gave Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc. Failing to attain a 61-seat majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, Netanyahu diverged from political custom last month, opting to dissolve the country and take the country to another round of elections.
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Announcing his return to politics, Barak, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1999-2001, slammed Netanyahu for leading Israel into "the darkest days we have known," where democracy and the judiciary face unrelenting attacks and racism is rampant. He said the main goal of his yet-to-be-named party was to become the long-serving leader.
A former military chief of staff and Israel's most decorated soldier, Barak, 77, is the only political figure to have defeated Netanyahu at the polls. He is last prime minister to emerge from the left-wing bloc, his defeat leading to a succession of hard-line leaders.
Israel's Channel 13 news conducted a poll that Barak's new party could gain as much as six seats and that he returned to the political scene could provide a much-needed boost for the country's center-left wing bloc , Possibly delivering a serious blow to Netanyahu.
"This is your last moment to go home," said Barak, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.
Kanyet Speaker Yuli Edelstein: Netanyahu, Who faces indictment pending a hearing on criminal charges, said in a statement , No. 2 in Likud, to draw back from the second election.
Legally and politically, it is still unclear whether or not it is possible, but gemstone said the apparent U-turn was sparked by a growing number of parliamentarians from various political factions
"The majority of the public do not want this election, and we need to find a way within the current Knesset to form the unlikely coalition," Gem told the Israeli Army Radio Wednesday. Netanyahu's backing, to cancel the September election.
Edelstein's initiative, however, was treated with skepticism by analysts and Netanyahu's rivals, who termed it a political spin-off and another way to formally agree with his lawyer.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Avachai Mandelblit turns down a request from Netanyahu's lawyers for an indictment hearing in three cases of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. 2.
"Most puzzling or statements made by Netanyahu are usually related to his attempt to postpone his day of judgment in Israeli court," said Dan Avnon, chairman of the political science department at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
As to whether or not it is the redo is even possible, Prof. Abraham Diskin, a senior fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a right-wing think tank, said the chances were "very, very, very slim, both because of legal and thus politically."
"I Do not believe it's going to happen, but Israel is a country of surprises, "he said.
That Netanyahu had "pressed on the button to dissolve the Knesset and there is now no way back."
"Netanyahu tried and failed to form a government and now he lost it," Gantz, thus a former military chief of staff , said.
Both Likud and Blue and White hold 35 seats in Israel's parliament. Yoaz Hendel said that collaboration would only happen if Netanyahu stepped down as prime minister.
"From day one, we have said it is impossible for a prime minister with legal accusations against him to stay in office, "said Hendel, a former adviser to Netanyahu.
" So we said that Israel should not have been a leader. Netanyahu, who had problems with the next government, only cares about his personal needs and our national needs. "
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In announcing his return, Barak said he would Israeli's left wing, which has been in disarray for most of the past decade.
This is not the first time Barak has returned to politics since his term as prime minister. After a short hiatus, he was reelected head of the Labor Party in 2007, leading the party into the Knesset and joining the Government as Defense Minister, first under Ehud Olmert and later under Netanyahu.