A bill to dissolve the Knesset passed a vote in Knesset House Committee with 12 voting in favor and one opposed late Monday night, after the Knesset voted to approve the bill.
Independence MK Einat Wilf was the only committee member to vote down the bill, which will now be sent immediately to the plenum for second and third readings.
The vote followed a stormy committee meeting where MKs asked repeatedly why the Knesset was moving to dismantle itself now.
"Please help explain to my children why we are going to an election," Kadima MK Yisrael Hasson asked.
If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants elections so badly, then why does he not open polls tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev questioned.
"I am shocked to see so many MKs vote like sheep going to slaughter," Ze'ev said. "If this crazy vote was by secret ballot, it would fall."