Netanyahu suggests lowering the electoral threshold after being raised just four years ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposes lowering the electoral threshold for a party to the Knesset to 2.75 percent after being imposed by a government he led four years ago.
"I use the opportunity to reduce the electoral hurdle by half a percent, and this must be with the consent of all, and without such agreement, we will not proceed in this matter," Netanyahu said after a statement by the Likud Party.
The threshold was raised from 2% to 3.25% in 2014 to prevent smaller parties that do not receive the required number of votes from entering the Knesset.
Critics of the time argued that the move should prevent Arab parties barely crossing the threshold from being elected, while advocates said it would give stability to Israel's unstable coalition policy.
Since a number of his coalition partners were hovering around the electoral base in polling stations, Netanyahu could let another government collapse after the next election, which is currently scheduled for November 2019, by lowering the coalition.