Israel Was Preparing to Delay Election Due to Possible Gaza War

Netanyahu’s national security adviser met Central Election Committee chief to prepare for delaying election in light of Gaza military operation

By Chaim Levinson and Amos Harel

Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat met with the head of the Central Elections Committee to prepare him for the possibility of postponing the general election slated for Tuesday due to a military operation, Haaretz has learned. (Click here for live election updatesHere for latest polls)

Haaretz reported earlier Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aborted last week plans for an unusual military move in the Gaza Strip, which would likely have had far-reaching implications.

He did so at the last moment due to a legal opinion by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit that the plan required the approval of the security cabinet.