Israel ministers advance bill in bid to prevent early polls

Israel ministers advance bill in bid to prevent early polls

Israel ministers advance bill in bid to prevent early polls

When, not if, the current government of Israel breaks up, the formal cause of it will the stance of Avigdor Lieberman, the defense minister and leader of the Yisrael Beitinu party.

While Pence's announcement echoed President Trump's declaration that he had re-certified the deal in January "for the last time", the president later set a deadline of May 12 for negotiations between the USA and the "European Three" (the UK, France and Germany) in hopes of securing a better deal, though Iranian leaders have adamantly declared that they won't accept any modifications to the original deal. "Therefore, it is important to continue the partnership between us with a broad government as only it can continue to serve the citizens of Israel", Netanyahu added.

On Monday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a controversial bill that would essentially allow haredi yeshiva students to be exempt from the draft. The bill will be brought before Israeli lawmakers amid threats by opposition parties to dissolve the Knesset if it passes.

Israel's parliament was expected to take up key measures later in the day in what could signal whether Netanyahu's right-wing coalition will survive for now or head towards elections that could be held as early as June.

According to the agreed deal, the conscription bill will now be frozen until the Knesset returns from its recess in mid-April, when a government bill drafted by the Defense Ministry will be proposed and merged with the Ben Tzur bill, taking the army's personnel needs into account as the Knesset takes up once again the question of ultra-Orthodox draft exemptions. "Freedom, innovation, informality", Netanyahu said.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, in turn, said he will pull his party (Kulanu) from the coalition if the budget fails to pass this week.

A number of votes must occur before the end of the week to greatly lessen the chances of early elections.

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Lieberman slammed the bill.

Although Lieberman has enjoyed a healthy working relationship with Netanyahu and his similarly conservative Likud party, a schism has persistently existed in the coalition between secular parties like Yisrael Beiteinu and orthodox parties like The Jewish Home, Shas and UTJ.

Calling the situation an "imaginary crisis", Shaked called on Netanyahu not to call for early elections.

The 68-year-old premier could soon face charges in at least two separate corruption affairs, while investigations are continuing into two others.

The compromise stipulates that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will refrain from firing Yisrael Beytenu minister Sofa Landver, who on Monday appealed the approval of the conscription law by a ministerial committee.

The final word on whether to indict him rests with the attorney-general, a decision that could be months away.

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