Hours to go until government falls, Knesset dissolves

Seven hours remain for the Knesset to pass a state budget for 2020 in three separate readings, or dissolve and send the country to a fresh election.

Since that is a virtual impossibility at this point, barring any last-minute magic tricks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it appears that is where we are headed at the stroke of midnight.

The liveblog will be with you to give you the latest updates from the political world and other areas of interest during these almost-certainly-final hours of the 23rd Knesset.