Benjamin Netanyahu orders early elections in Israeli.

Netanyahu Orders Early Elections

Netanyahu Orders Early Elections

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Oct. 9 2012 2:58 PM

Netanyahu Orders Early Vote in Israel, But His Reelection Looks All But Assured

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefs the press in Jerusalem on October 9, 2012

Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP/GettyImages.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today that he is ordering new parliamentary elections early next year, roughly eight months ahead of schedule.

Netanyahu made the announcement at a press conference, explaining that he was forced to call for the earlier-than-expected vote after his coalition failed to agree on a budget. According to the Associated Press, the prime minister said that it would be "preferable to have as short a campaign of possible" and suggested the campaign would be limited to the minimum three months.

The AP with the analysis: "[C]onditions are ripe for Netanyahu's re-election. Riding high in opinion polls, he faces no serious challenger and could be eager to win a new term ahead of what is expected to be an economic slowdown next year."

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.