Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called early elections after failing to rebuild a coalition government.
Mr. Sharon said on Tuesday, he will hold general elections within 90 days. His Likud party rival Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to become foreign minister in the outgoing government after Mr. Sharon accepted his conditions for new elections.
A spokesperson for Israel's parliament says voters will go to the polls January 28th under a decree that sets a timeframe for snap elections.
Mr. Sharon's coalition government collapsed last week after the Labor Party pulled out mainly over disagreements on the funding of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas.
Mr. Sharon narrowly survived three no-confidence votes Monday, before his efforts to attract new coalition partners failed. Monday's voting took place as a Palestinian suicide bomber killed two Israeli civilians in central Israel.
In violence on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men in the southern Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt. Israel says the men were armed.