JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israelis will go to the polls Sept. 4, slightly more than a year earlier than expected and less than two weeks before ushering in the fall holidays.
Cabinet ministers approved the bill Monday morning, allowing it to go to the Knesset for a vote and possible passage by day's end.
"For dozens of years there hasn't been a more stable government in Israel," Netanyahu told ministers, "but it's no secret that the beginning of the fourth year of this term, there has been some instability within the coalition, between parties and within parties," he said.
Netanyahu said the instability could potentially affect Israeli security and its economy.
Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich has received a lot of media coverage since Netanyahu called for early elections.
Speaking on Channel 2 Saturday evening, Yachimovich said she may consider joining a Netanyahu-led coalition. Polls suggest that Labor may wind up the second largest party, with a projected 18 seats, while Kadima may take a nose dive from 28 to 11 seats.
Yisrael Beiteinu may lose three seats, winding up with 12, while the newly formed Yesh Atid Party, led by former television anchor Yair Lapid, may win up to 11 seats.