Bennett's office says he would still stay on as alternate prime minister in the coming months as per an earlier power-sharing agreement with Yair Lapid.
The development was the first step in a series of votes before the formal dissolution of the 120-seat Knesset and it comes two days after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced he was disbanding his governing coalition.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announces that the governing coalition will be disbanded and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will become the premier following elections.
Coalition government fails to pass bill renewing status of illegal settlers in the occupied West Bank, with opposition defeating the bid by a 58-52 margin in the 120-seat Knesset.
Yamina party lawmaker Idit Silman's announcement to part ways leaves Naftali Bennett's coalition with 60 seats — the same as the opposition.
Shlomo Filber, one of two former aides to Benjamine Netanyahu, has testified against the former prime minister's alleged manipulation of media coverage.
Israel's police, accused by rights groups of using notorious Pegasus hacking spyware, find evidence pointing to improper use of sophisticated spyware by its force to snoop on citizens' phones.
In a newspaper interview, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also says he realised during efforts to unseat his predecessor that Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election in 2021 "would have thrown us into a terrible spin".
Israel's cabinet has approved the launch of a state investigation into an affair involving the purchase of submarines and other warships from Germany.
Israel’s longest serving prime minister negotiates with the country’s justice ministry for plea deal, which might save him from prison but it will also ban him from politics.
The deal could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for years, paving the way for a leadership race in his Likud party and shaking up Israel's political map.
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