NEW YORK — Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said he is confident his government will win in the 2019 election.
Rivlin spoke to reporters Thursday morning after the Israeli Parliament voted by a slim margin to confirm the prime minister and his finance minister for three consecutive five-year terms.
“The country will see its progress in this election and I will make a promise that I will be able to do everything to reach our goal of a new Israeli government that will be strong and responsive to the wishes of the people,” Rivlin told reporters.
Israel is likely to elect its first prime minister in four years, and will elect its president after the election, which will be held in April 2020.
The 2019 election is being held in a region where support for the far-right Jobbik party has been growing for years, as it seeks to secure a seat in parliament.
Last month, a court ruled that the party should be banned from holding public rallies and from using social media platforms to recruit.
In recent years, Jobbiski has made inroads with the ultra-nationalist Israeli settler movement, leading to protests that have included violent clashes with Israeli security forces and the killing of a teenager in a protest.
Biden is considered by many to be the best candidate to succeed Rivlin, but the race will likely be decided by a small group of Jewish voters.
On the Republican side, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a 2016 presidential contender, and former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush are running for president.