President Isaac Herzog of Israel issued a strong warning against holding early elections, citing the country’s volatile security situation and political unrest as justifications.
In an interview with the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Herzog said, “As a nation, we are dealing with difficulties that are not straightforward.” To avoid paying the price for further instability in the shape of early elections, “we must consider carefully before jumping again.”
As a result of the resignation of Idit Silman from the shaky coalition last week, Israel’s government lost its legislative majority.
There are 60 seats in Israel’s parliament for the ruling coalition and 60 seats in parliament for the opposition, which is led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Early elections, according to the Israeli leader, pose a “grave danger to the state” and should be avoided at all costs.
By labeling the perpetrators of the latest assaults in Israel “killers who are seeking to upset the daily routine of a country that seeks to live normally,” Herzog described them as “extremely painful.”
Last month, a series of incidents in Israel resulted in the deaths of thirteen people.