"...The sources believe that Netanyahu's main reasons for early elections are political, rather than budgetary. Besides the fact that a decision to approve an austerity-filled state budget before elections would mainly hurt the Likud, sources increasingly believe that Olmert plans to return to politics, which could undermine Netanyahu and remove him from power. If elections are brought forward to February, Olmert will not have enough time to prepare, and his return to politics will be delayed. The likely reelection of US President Barack Obama is also part of Netanyahu's calculations. Netanyahu's aides fear revenge by Obama against Netanyahu for supporting the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, throughout the campaign. ..."
Wednesday, October 3, 2012