The cabinet on Sunday approved a resolution calling for new elections to be held in 101 days, on January 22, 2013.
The upcoming elections colored Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's opening comments at the cabinet where he stressed three themes: that the government's policies have enhanced the country's security, created jobs, and helped university students.
Netanyahu praised the IDF's action in Gaza Saturday night against global Jihad, saying that Israel will continue to act resolutely and with strength both in response to attacks from Gaza, and to prevent others.
In parallel, Netanyahu said, the government was actively battling cyber attacks on the country's computers. He said – in comments sure to be repeated on numerous occasions during the election campaign – that to defend against these computer attacks he established a national cyber council to deflect the attacks.