Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has called on the Israeli parliament to disband itself and begin preparing for early elections.
Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter resigned from the Kadima Party and the Knesset in order to join the government as minister of home front defense.
Thousands of members of a haredi Orthodox sect protested in Jerusalem against a planned universal military service law.
The speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Reuven Rivlin made a historic visit to the island of Tonga in the South Pacific. Rivlin became the first Knesset speaker to travel to the kingdom, spending three days on an official visit accompanied by Israel's non-resident ambassador, Shemi Tzur.