Israelis will head to the polls for the third time in less than a year after lawmakers failed to meet a Wednesday deadline.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White alliance, failed to form a government in elections on April 9 and Sept. 17.
President Reuven Rivlin offered Israeli legislators the opportunity to form a majority bloc in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, with a deadline of midnight Wednesday. But the approach failed.
The Knesset then voted to dissolve itself and hold an election in March,