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Knesset agrees to vote on dissolution bill for fall elections

After extended wrangling, Knesset agrees to vote on bill to schedule early elections for the fall.

Knesset agrees to vote on dissolution bill

Netanyahu to Gantz: This isn't the time for elections

PM addresses DM Gantz ahead of tonight's announcement: 'U-turn from politics needed for citizens of Israel.'

Netanyahu to Gantz: This isn't the time for electionsplayer

'Stop discourse on early elections; it's a terrible possibility'

President Reuven Rivlin calls to avoid possibility of elections: 'State of Israel is no rag doll you drag around as you squabble.'

'Stop discourse on early elections; it's a terrible possibility'

What will happen following dramatic Israeli Left split?

Ahead of April elections, Zionist Union broke up, splitting Labor and Hatnuah.

What will happen following dramatic Israeli Left split?player

Attorney General convenes secret meeting

Mandelblit convenes with former senior Justice officials on Netanyahu portfolios: 'Publicizing decision pre-elections our duty to public.'

Attorney General convenes secret meeting

Israel's 2019 elections: The country and the left's future

Israel's left appears slowly fading into political dustbin of history, as right emerges as favorite in polls.

Israel's 2019 elections: The country and the left's futureplayer

Deri: 'We'll recommend Netanyahu as Prime Minister'

Shas Chairman: 'This is the best government we've had from social standpoint and from standpoint of status quo.'

Deri: 'We'll recommend Netanyahu as Prime Minister'

Knesset dissolves: In pictures

MKs amuse themselves with pictures following vote to dissolve current Knesset, hold new elections.

Knesset dissolves: In pictures

It's final: 20th Knesset dissolved, Israel heading to elections

Knesset passes in final reading bill on its dissolution ahead of elections on April 9. Bill passed with 102 in favor, 2 against.

It's final: 20th Knesset dissolved, Israel heading to elections

Bill to dissolve Knesset passes first reading

Proposal to dissolve government, go to early elections passes 104-0 in first of 3 votes.

Bill to dissolve Knesset passes first reading

Joint Arab List Chair: 'We'll flock to the polls in droves'

MK Ayman Odeh: 'Yes, Netanyahu, we'll go to polls in droves, and we'll increase our strength, now more than ever.'

Joint Arab List Chair: 'We'll flock to the polls in droves'

'I won't go to a doctor who almost killed me twice'

Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely responds to Cabel's remarks: 'We don't need a campaign, Labor's already eulogizing itself.'

'I won't go to a doctor who almost killed me twice'

Hotovely: Netanyahu promised I'd be minister in next government

Deputy Foreign Minister responds to news she did not receive Absorption ministry.

Hotovely: Netanyahu promised I'd be minister in next government

'Netanyahu is all talk'

MK Smotrich: All settler requests were rejected by Netanyahu for almost four years; there's no regulation, construction, roads, or budget.

'Netanyahu is all talk'

Poll: Likud with commanding lead

Likud maintains double digit lead over nearest competitor in latest survey after early elections called.

Poll: Likud with commanding lead

Israel's elections race hits ground running

Israel's election campaigns are on. Polls right now indicate that it will be a right-wing government again, led by the Likud once more.

Israel's elections race hits ground runningplayer

President Rivlin: State more important than anyone

President Rivlin first addresses early elections saying he does not know what clarification from President PM referred to yesterday.

President Rivlin: State more important than anyone

Moshe Ya'alon announces new party ahead of early elections

Former Defense Minister announces run for Knesset in April elections calls for new leadership to "bring hope to Israel."

Moshe Ya'alon announces new party ahead of early elections

Gabbay: Elections are between me and Netanyahu

Zionist Union leaders vow to 'save Israeli democracy' from Netanyahu in early elections in April.

Gabbay: Elections are between me and Netanyahu

Report: US peace plan on hold due to Israeli elections

US reportedly holding off on unveiling "deal of the century" after announcement Israel will hold early elections in April.

Report: US peace plan on hold due to Israeli elections

PM: Elections possible now that Hezbollah tunnels dealt with

Netanyahu says early elections could not be held until Hezbollah terror tunnels were neutralized.

PM: Elections possible now that Hezbollah tunnels dealt withplayer

Liberman welcomes new elections

Former Defense Minister says he will only join next coalition if it passes Draft Law in its original form.

Liberman welcomes new elections

'There need to be good reasons to dismantle government'

Yariv Levin explains why PM refrained from deciding on elections despite coalition difficulties and calls by some ministers to dismantle it.

'There need to be good reasons to dismantle government'

Kahlon: Elections will be held in March

Finance Minister believes narrow coalition will not hold, rise in interest rates to have limited impact.

Kahlon: Elections will be held in March

Elkin: Netanyahu wants elections at their appointed time

Likud minister says PM wants elections held as scheduled - in another year. 'This government has served with 61 MKs before.'

Elkin: Netanyahu wants elections at their appointed time

Kahlon to Netanyahu: Best to go to elections

'In the present situation, the best thing for Israeli citizens and the Israeli economy is to go to elections as soon as possible.'

Kahlon to Netanyahu: Best to go to elections

'The right could lose power'

Chairman of National Committee in Likud: Public can't tolerate ceasefire without severe response, early elections will hurt the right.

'The right could lose power'

Netanyahu threatens early elections

PM says court deadline and haredi party's unwillingness to compromise of Draft Law will force government to dissolve.

Netanyahu threatens early elections

Likud MK estimates: Elections will be advanced

MK Bitan: Elections likely early next year, following attempts to reach agreements with parties 'regardless of number of Knesset seats.'

Likud MK estimates: Elections will be advanced

'We will drink up their seats with a straw'

Likud minister says his party is not intentionally pushing for elections, but is also not afraid of the fall of the government.

'We will drink up their seats with a straw'

Opposition seeks dissolution of Knesset

Yesh Atid, Zionist Union, and Meretz demand vote to dissolve government, hold early elections.

Opposition seeks dissolution of Knesset

Poll: Likud places first with 30 seats

Poll finds Likud would win with 9-seat lead if elections were held today.

Poll: Likud places first with 30 seats

Netanyahu's Appeal to Hareidi Parties Revealed

Third report in 48 hours: PM approaches hareidi MKs - who say they want a commitment in writing. 'We don't trust Bibi anymore,' MKs say.

Netanyahu's Appeal to Hareidi Parties Revealed

Speaker Edelstein: This is No Time for Elections

As Knesset opens winter term, MK Edelstein says he hopes 'common sense' will prevail over election talk.

Speaker Edelstein: This is No Time for Elections

Minister Senses a 'Smell of Elections in the Air'

Jewish Home and Yesh Atid threaten to break up the coalition over the 'peace process,' but are they just bluffing?

Minister Senses a 'Smell of Elections in the Air'

MKs Respond to Netanyahu's Call for Early Election

The decision to hold early elections has been met with a range of opinions from Knesset members

MKs Respond to Netanyahu's Call for Early Elections

Knesset Speaker: Expect Elections in Mid-February

MK Reuven Rivlin: Knesset should dissolve itself as soon as it convenes for winter term.

Knesset Speaker: Expect Elections in Mid-February

Netanyahu Feared Feiglin, Sources Say

The embarrassment he suffered in Likud conference pushed Netanyahu to rethink early elections.

Netanyahu Feared Feiglin, Sources Say

Knesset to Dissolve Itself Within 24 Hours

The Knesset will prepare and pass a law for its own dissolution that will be passed by Tuesday.

Knesset to Dissolve Itself Within 24 Hours

Netanyahu: Israel Needs Leader with Experience

Prime Minister kicks off election campaign in Likud convention, lists his government's achievements.

Netanyahu: Israel Needs a Leader with Experience