[Ed. – The indictment recommendation for Netanyahu would be as questionable as any impeachment proceeding the Democratic House may initiate against Trump in the next two years. The objective is to bog Netanyahu down and undermine his leadership, since the Israeli opposition parties haven’t been able to defeat him at the polls.]
Netanyahu’s government decided on Monday to hold snap elections on April 9, seven months early, as it struggles to pass legislation with only a one-seat majority in parliament.
Israel’s parliament, or Knesset, must still formally vote to dissolve itself and set the election date. A first vote was scheduled for Wednesday.
Failure to agree on a key bill on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the military like their secular counterparts was the ostensible reason to call elections, but many analysts pointed to Netanyahu’s legal concerns as a decisive factor.
Israel’s state prosecutor Shai Nitzan told a conference last week that he was wrapping up his recommendations on three separate cases of alleged corruption and handing them over to the attorney general.