Elections are likely to take place at the end of this year, Israel Beiteinu Secretary-General MK Faina Kirschenbaum predicted on Saturday.
While speaking at a cultural forum in Ramat Hasharon, Kirschenbaum was asked about the “elections atmosphere” in the Knesset following the Likud primary.
“The vote will take place in October or November 2012,” she said. “Israel Beiteinu is always prepared for elections.”
Kirschenbaum said there could be two possible excuses for holding early elections. One is possible cuts in the budget for 2013, which could cause a coalition crisis. Another possibility is a repeat of last summer’s social protests, because “most of the demonstrators’ demands were not answered,” she explained.
At the same time, the MK pointed out that the 18th Knesset is one of the longest-lasting in Israel’s history, and that her party seeks to keep the coalition together.
Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov said in the Knesset that Israel Beiteinu does not plan to leave the coalition.