Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is considering calling early elections following the withdrawal of a key part of his fragile ruling coalition.
On April 28, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party said it was leaving the ruling coalition.
The ultranationalist party is the second-largest member of the coalition, following Netanyahu's Likud.
Parliamentary elections in Israel are currently scheduled for October 2013.
Analysts say a months-long election campaign in Israel could make a resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks even less likely.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP