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In race against time, Israeli government passes first test to dissolve

Today’s procedural step in the Knesset moves the Israeli coalition government closer to dissolution and elections in the fall.
Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The Knesset approved today in a preliminary hearing 11 bills for dispersing Israel's parliament. An overwhelming majority of 110 legislators without anyone objecting supported the bills. The 11 similar bills — nine by the opposition and two by the coalition — were joined into one package, requiring one single vote.

Yesh Atid legislator Boaz Toporovsky said, "This is a sad day for democracy. We are doing it with a heavy heart but without regrets, because the good of the state has always been and will always be before anything else."

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