Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Israeli Knesset member Ayman Odeh during a session in Jerusalem,  Dec. 26, 2018.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Israeli Knesset member Ayman Odeh during a session in Jerusalem, Dec. 26, 2018.

Israeli legislators voted Wednesday to dissolve parliament and hold a general election six months ahead of schedule on April 9.

The lawmakers voted 102 to 2 in favor of the moves after they were agreed to Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition.

A coalition crisis over legislation affecting exemptions from compulsory military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men led to the decisions.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Nov. 18, 2018.
Poll Shows Israel's Netanyahu Cruising Toward Re-election

A public opinion poll published Tuesday, the first following the announcement of snap elections in Israel, predicts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will cruise toward an easy re-election in April.

The Panels Politics poll in the Maariv daily showed Netanyahu's ruling Likud party securing 30 seats in the 120-seat parliament and a majority for his current right-wing, nationalist bloc. Coming in second at 13 seats was the still hypothetical party headed by former military chief Benny Gantz, who has yet to declare whether he is even running.

Netanyahu, who leads the right-wing Likud party, has been governing with a slim majority of 61 seats in the 120-member parliament.

Opinion polls suggest Nethanyahu's party will likely win re-election. Those chances could be hurt, however, by an upcoming decision by Israel's attorney general on whether to file charges against Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is facing a series of corruption allegations and an indictment would pressure the prime minister to resign.