The bill to disperse the Knesset was proposed by the left wing Labor and Meretz party, and gained momentum due to a coalition crisis in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

 

In Netanyahu's cabinet, the centre-left and the hardline right factions have been battling over a variety of issues, including national legislation and the handling of the security escalation in recent months, as well as the collapse of peace talks with the Palestinians.

The coalition crisis deepened last week, as Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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