Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israeli PM urges coalition partners not to leave government

Israeli PM urges coalition partners not to leave government

Earlier on Monday, the government's Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted in favor of the bill following overnight talks between Netanyahu and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners for an agreed version of the bill.

Members of Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party implied they would object to the compromise approved today, which they said did not answer the needs of Israel's security.

Liberman has vowed that not one Yisrael Beiteinu lawmaker will vote to approve the haredi conscription legislation, though he says his party will not consider bolting the coalition until the bill is actually approved by the parliament.

Netanyahu, who attended MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as an impressionable college student, said one thing that makes the United States truly unique in all the world is that no matter who you are, or where you're from, you can succeed if you're talented and work hard.

Lieberman can climb down from his high ladder and support the new draft bill, which represents significant chareidi compromise.

But polls are unreliable and it's, therefore, unlikely that they alone would have made Netanyahu decide to have early elections. However, to date, he has not done so and even instructed Absorption Minister Sofia Landver to vote against the bill when presented to the Ministerial Legislative Committee instead of absenting herself or abstaining.

After a truly intricate dance between a nor'easter of raindrops, the Netanyahu government coalition has managed to avoid a coalition collapse and the inevitable early elections that would result.

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The need for a new bill arose after the Supreme Court in September struck down a law allowing ultra-Orthodox men to be exempted from military service up until 2023. "But we're not there yet", Netanyahu said later on Monday.

Netanyahu has however signalled that he does not want to do so, calling it unsustainable.

The political tremor comes as Netanyahu and his close associates are involved in at least four corruption cases.

Police recommended his indictment for bribery in the first two cases in February and the attorney general is considering how to proceed, a process expected to take months.

The other alleges he sought a secret deal with the publisher of a top-selling newspaper for favorable coverage.

President Donald Trump reportedly informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States will not be flexible with European powers in negotiating changes to the stipulations and limitations around Iran's nuclear program.

He is not required to step down if indicted - only after he is convicted with all appeals exhausted - though political pressure would surely mount.

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