The Kulanu party expressed support on Monday to dissolve the government and the 20th Knesset, saying the coalition was no longer functioning and could not be saved, reports israelnationalnews.com.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a public appeal, calling on coalition partners to remain in the government in a final effort to prevent elections.
After the departure of former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) from the government last week, the Netanyahu government has shrunk from 66 seats to only 61 – a minimum majority in the Knesset of 120 people.
The departure of one of the four coalition partners led by Likud – Kulanu, Jewish Houses, the Torah of United Judaism, and Shas – will be the end of the current government and possibly lead to new elections in a few months.
While Jewish Home Ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked appeared on the verge of government piracy on Monday, Netanyahu tried to convince other coalition partners to stay.
A meeting with Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon, however, ended "without success" on Sunday.
On Monday, MK Roy Folkman, chairman of the Knesset Knesset delegation, told Army Radio that his party supported the Knesset's dissolution and held general elections, saying the government was currently not functioning for several weeks.
"We have to go to elections," Folkman said. "The coalition has not functioned for weeks, and this [new elections] unavoidable even if Bennett and Shaked did not resign. "
Folkman went on to call Netanyahu an appeal Sunday night "declaration at the opening of the campaign season."
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