Israeli Knesset Set to Dissolve Next Week

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Less than two weeks into the summer session, Israel's parliament could be dissolved, paving the way for early elections.

The bill to dissolve the Knesset will be submitted for discussion next Monday to allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to complete the seven-day mourning period following the death of his father.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin plans to expedite the parliamentary process, allowing the bill to be passed into law as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.

Israeli law requires the Knesset to be dissolved before a date for early elections can be set.

The general elections will now likely be held Sept. 4, moving them up by more than a year.

Some politicians and military leaders have challenged the prime minister's focus on stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program.

But polls show Netanyahu's Likud Party leading by a wide margin, with 48 percent of Israelis backing him as the best candidate to serve as prime minister.

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