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Israeli lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, voted Monday to dissolve and hold elections two years earlier than planned. The unanimous vote came a week after the ruling coalition broke up when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two members of his cabinet who had harshly criticized some of his policies, including the budget and a proposal to formally declare Israel to be a Jewish state. Netanyahu's Likud party is expected to win the most seats in the March vote, but he will have to get other parties to align with him to gain the majority he needs.