(JNS.org) A preliminary reading of a bill to disperse the Israeli Knesset passed on Wednesday, setting the stage for elections early next year.
The preliminary bill was passed 84 to 0, with a final reading of the bill scheduled for early next week. The move to dissolve the Knesset came after the various Knesset factions agreed to hold early elections on March 17, 2015.
In dissolving the government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused his former coalition partners, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Hatnua chairman Tzipi Livni, who were both fired from their ministerial posts on Tuesday by Netanyahu, of consistently attempting to undermine his government.
“[Lapid and Livni] tried to overthrow me,” Netanyahu said, the Jerusalem Post reported. “The government was under constant threats and ultimatums. The country cannot be run in the current situation. Elections are not a good thing, but a government that is attacked from inside is seven times as bad.”
Various early polls indicate that Netanyahu’s Likud party is expected to win the most seats in the new election and be able to form a coalition with various right-wing and haredi parties.