Lawmakers in the Israeli parliament have until midnight to form a government before a 3-week deadline expires.

Iran Press/Middle East: Israel is headed on Wednesday toward a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after a criminal indictment. A parliamentary committee finalized a bill on Wednesday to dissolve the Knesset (Israel's parliament) and hold an early election, according to local media. 

The bill will be put to vote by lawmakers on Wednesday 11th December, Al Jazeera reported.

Lawmakers still have until midnight before a three-week deadline for the Knesset to form a government expires.

If the deadline expires, an early election will be held on March 2, 2020, the third in less than a year amid an unprecedented political deadlock in Israel's history. Chances for a last-minute resolution looked dim after days of mudslinging between Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz, both of whom have repeatedly failed to build a governing majority in the parliament, known as the Knesset. 101/211/219

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