On Monday the PM’s ruling coalition agreed this week to dissolve the Knesset and set early elections for April 9 of next year. The next general election was scheduled to take place in November 2019.
The measure has gone up for vote in the Knesset and it passed by an overwhelming majority of 102-2
Netanyahu, who leads the right-wing Likud party, had been governing with a slim majority of 61 seats in the 120-member parliament.
Although many opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s party will likely win re-election, there certainly is a growing pushback among Israeli’s.
Half of Israelis don’t want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be the next premier, according to a new survey. The poll by the Israeli Broadcast Authority showed that 37 percent of Israelis see Netanyahu as the strong favorite to win the early election on April 9.
Fifty-two percent of respondents, however, believe that Netanyahu should not be the next prime minister.
Former army chief Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, the leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, trailed second with 13 percent, followed by Avi Gabbay, the chairman of the Labor party, with 7 percent, the poll showed.
The survey also found that Netanyahu’s Likud party would win 30 seats in the 120-member Knesset (Israel’s parliament).
Likud had won 30 seats in the last general election in 2015.
The poll also predicted that the Yesh Atid Party and the Arab Joint List would win 13 seats each in the polls, followed by the Jewish Home party with 12 seats and the Zionist Union with only 10 seats.
Another survey was conducted by the Israeli Channel 10 news program, which found that 61% of Israelis feel that Netanyahu must resign as prime minister should the Israeli Attorney General decide to file a formal indictment on the cases of corruption.