Netanyahu urges Liberman not to ditch coalition over military exemption bill

Netanyahu urges Liberman not to ditch coalition over military exemption bill

Netanyahu urges Liberman not to ditch coalition over military exemption bill

But his base appears to be rallying behind him and he is rising in polls.

"If there are elections, we will contend and win, but we are not there yet. I have the deepest feelings about the United States", Netanyahu said.

During Monday's parliamentary session, opposition leaders called on Netanyahu to step aside and accused him of manufacturing a coalition crisis to divert attention from the scandals.

While the coalition crisis building in recent days was still not definitively resolved, Monday's moves could lessen the chances for elections for the time being.

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.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said he would resign if the budget did not pass in the Knesset's winter session, which ends on Sunday.

A compromise has been seeking to balance those divergent interests.

At 8:00 p.m., the Knesset will vote on the haredi-backed draft bill's first reading, before opening discussion on the 2019 state budget, with a vote on the budget expected Wednesday. Earlier this year, the President waived sanctions to give our lawmakers and our allies time to act. A vote can occur as early as Tuesday evening if the committee overrules her appeal. Several Kulanu MKs have previously stated they would join Lieberman in opposing the bill.

Copper bottoms out: government plans to ditch 1p and 2p coins
Around six in 10 coins are believed to be used only once before they are put into savings jars - and around 8% are thrown away. The Royal Mint needs to produce more than 500 million 1p and 2p coins each year to replace those that fall out of circulation.

He has signalled he could quit if the conscription bill is given final approval, but also held out the possibility of a compromise on that if a new bill is crafted that the defence establishment accepts.

But Liberman remained defiant, calling the law "absurd" and vowing that his secular Yisrael Beytenu party would vote against the legislation.

"Can elections still be prevented?"

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.

The 68-year-old premier could soon face charges in at least two separate corruption affairs.

Three of his former associates have signed state witness deals with police. In the other, he is suspected of promoting regulation that would benefit an Israeli daily newspaper in exchange for more favorable coverage.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if the nuclear deal to limit Iran's nuclear program would not be changed or revoked.

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