Israel minister says not quitting, leaving coalition intact


Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads a hawkish secular party, is the leading coalition member against the draft exemptions.

In order to make us believe that the consideration about his personal future isn't on his mind at all, he may have got Lieberman to be the bad boy for which he'd be amply rewarded.

Efforts to prevent early elections in Israel intensified on Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing possible indictment for corruption, considered his next moves. The bill will be brought before Israeli lawmakers amid threats by opposition parties to dissolve the Knesset if it passes. "Freedom, innovation, informality", Netanyahu said.

Journalists who speculate in rumors and innuendos (yes, they do exist....) tell us that it's Netanyahu who wants the elections now for at least two reasons.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Tuesday morning 26 Adar spoke with Kol Chai Radio host Betzalel Kahan, explaining her perception of the current political picture.

The ultra-Orthodox threatened to torpedo the 2019 state budget if the conscription bill did not pass on preliminary reading this week, and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon had threatened to quit if the budget is not passed.

UTJ (the United Torah Judaism party) agreed to support the budget in exchange for passing legislation ensuring that yeshiva students will not have to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

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

Robert Ilatov, another Yisrael Beytenu MK, similarly said the party would oppose the bill and added that the compromise deal was "irrelevant". Recent polls show the allegations against Netanyahu have not diminished support for his Likud party.

The inability of Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu to coexist with the ultra-Orthodox, however, will remain a major obstacle to a far-right coalition surviving, unless such parties gain enough seats to push Lieberman into the opposition, or Netanyahu is able to court one of the centrist parties to replace the religious ones.

Netanyahu could call for early elections, both as a way to shore up his narrow coalition and affirm his public standing in the face of multiple corruption charges.

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

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