Sunday, October 22, the 2nd channel of the Israeli television reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weighing the possibility of reducing the electoral threshold from 3.25% to 2%. This step would allow a greater number of parties to pass in the Knesset in the next election.
In 2014 on the initiative of Avigdor Lieberman, who at that time held the post of foreign Minister, Netanyahu’s government voted to raise the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%. This led to the unification of the Arab parties into a single list, allowing them to become the third largest faction in the Knesset, and prevented the party of Eli Yishai and his party «Yahad» to overcome the electoral threshold.
A source close to Benjamin Netanyahu, referenced from 2-th channel ITV, saying that the decision to raise the electoral threshold was adopted after the publication of the latest opinion polls, according to which during the current elections, the barrier will not be able to overcome the SHAS party and two parties that can disintegrate «Bytes Yehudi» Naftali Bennett.
The Prime-Minister’s edition NEWSru.co.il is reported that Benjamin Netanyahu really is weighing the possibility, however, is still not discussed with coalition partners.
A senior source in the Likud told the editorial NEWSru.co.il anything specific, standing on the agenda, he did not know. «But since, as the electoral threshold was raised under pressure from Lieberman circulated a talk that it was a mistake, as it led, among other things, to the creation of the United Arab list,» said the source.
Sources in the party «Israel Our home» stated that they do not know anything about a similar initiative of Benjamin Netanyahu.
In «Yesh Atid» has not commented on this information. In SHAS promised to formulate and provide NEWSru.co.il your reaction later.
According to a survey conducted by Panels Politics and published by the Walla News portal on October 19, if elections to the Knesset were held today, SHAS could count on 4 of the mandate, balancing on the verge of the electoral threshold.
In elections to the Knesset on 21 convening intend to run several right-wing parties («ID», headed by Moshe Feiglin, «Yahad» headed by Eli Yishay), chances to overcome the electoral threshold is low. The failure of these parties, as well as the split in the «Bayt Yehudi» can lead to loss of the right camping 3-5 mandates, and this in turn may be sufficient to Netanyahu was defeated in the election. A similar situation took place in the Knesset elections of the 13th convocation in 1992, when right-wing parties received more votes than the centre-left, but because of the failure of the three electoral lists of the Prime Minister was Yitzhak Rabin.
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