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The Run­Up to Israel’s 2013 Elections: A Political History

ByManfred Gerstenfeld

On 15 October 2012, the 18th Knesset – which had been elected in February 2009 – voted unanimously to dissolve. The date for the elections for the 19th Knesset was then set for 22 January 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Knesset had to be dissolved as he could not obtain a majority for his proposed budget.1