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Kremlin rejects media reports about Russia’s possible interference in Israeli elections

In December, the Knesset passed a bill to dissolve the parliament

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia has never interfered in any foreign elections, including those in Israel, and has no plans to do it in the future, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"It is out of the question. Russia has never interfered in elections in any country and has no plans to do it in the future," he said in relation to allegations about Moscow’s possible meddling in the Israeli parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in April. When asked to comment on the relevant reports by some of the Israeli news outlets, Peskov said: "Don’t read these Israeli news outlets."

On December 26, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed a bill to dissolve the parliament and called an early parliamentary election for April 2. Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will continue to operate until a new cabinet is formed in late April after the vote.

On December 24, heads of Israel's governing coalition parties decided that the Knesset be dissolved and an early parliamentary election be held. Disagreements over the draft of ultra-Orthodox Jews into the army were the reason behind the decision. The next Israeli parliamentary election was initially planned to take place in November 2019.