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Will Netanyahu govern forever?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that he has no plans to advance the next election, but the leaders of the coalition know that he can make them any time it suits him.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool - RTX35QO5
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's May 14 assessment that the next election will not be moved up was intended to stifle the buzz in Israeli political circles. According to him, the election will be held as scheduled, in November 2019.

Over the last few weeks, Netanyahu watched as a coalition crisis over Israel's Public Broadcasting Corporation — a crisis for which he was responsible — threatened to see the Knesset dissolved and set his coalition partners into campaign mode. Netanyahu threatened Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon in March with early elections unless the Kulanu chair accepted a compromise on the issue.

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