Israel's defence minister said Monday he would remain in the government for now, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition intact after intensifying speculation over whether the country is headed for early polls. Either the defense minister tells Sofa Landver to abstain in the vote on the Draft Law, or the prime minister decides not to fire Sofa Landver, even if she votes against it.
Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked on Tuesday criticized Netanyahu and called the coalition crisis "fictitious.".
Separately and perhaps equally as important, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman opposes the conscription bill and wants to see ultra-Orthodox men serve in the military like their secular counterparts.
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"We shall not volunteer to leave the government", Lieberman told a meeting of lawmakers from his Yisrael Beitenu party.
There was some positive news for the embattled Israeli PM as he met with Lieberman and UTJ head Yaakov Litzman Sunday night to discuss a compromise: The Jerusalem Post reported that the most likely outcome was that the bill would be shelved until the summer.
Ultra-Orthodox political parties have said they would not support a budget for 2019 unless the bill is approved. Netanyahu "didn't know a word of English" and described his experience as "bizarre and hard for me".
Military service for ultra-Orthodox men is one of the most fraught topics in Israel and looked to undermine Netanyahu's coalition government, which holds 66 out of the 120 seats in parliament.
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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. Kahlon said in response that he would pull his Kulanu party out of the government if the budget isn't passed this week before the Knesset session ends.
Calling the situation an "imaginary crisis", Shaked called on Netanyahu not to call for early elections.
Netanyahu, 68, could soon face charges in at least two separate corruption affairs.
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.
In one case, Netanyahu and his family are accused of accepting expensive gifts from wealthy supporters in exchange for financial benefits or favours.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told cabinet ministers Sunday that there's now no "concrete US peace plan" on the table.
He is not required to step down if indicted - only after he is convicted with all appeals exhausted - though political pressure would surely mount.