Israel Escapes Early Elections as Coalition Stabilizes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alongside police chief Roni Alshiech

Earlier in the morning, 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. UTJ has threatened it would derail the 2019 state budget by refusing to vote on it if the bill isn't passed. They gave the Knesset a year to revamp the law on Haredi conscription.

"Everyone in Yisrael Beytenu will vote unanimously against the bill", said Liberman.

Military service for ultra-Orthodox men is one of the most fraught topics in Israel and looked to undermine Netanyahu's coalition government, which has 66 out of the 120 lawmakers.

The prime minister's comments come amid further revelations that Saudi Arabia and Israel have been coordinating on a range of regional issues, including Iran and the Palestinian cause. "We'll vote against the enlistment law", he said.

Another secular party in the right-wing coalition, the economics-focused Kulanu, has also expressed trepidation over the bill.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is meanwhile insisting that the budget be approved before the end of this week.

Lieberman has stuck to his position of opposing the conscription bill, but says he will not quit the government over it for now. Yisrael Beiteinu has vehemently condemned the bill and even threatened to step down from the coalition if it is passed.

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Though he has become a responsible cabinet member ("the most adult among them", we hear sometimes) and apparently not a bad minister of defense, the Russian base of his party is shrinking and one of the former members of his parliamentary faction has chose to form her own party thus competing with the man who once was her boss.

Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party members voted against the bill, after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation earlier granted coalition party leaders freedom in instructing their faction how to vote without repercussions, essentially staving off the coalition's collapse.

"We face with great challenges and we all know what they are, as well as great opportunities".

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.

"The citizens of the state [need us to hold] elections as soon as possible in order to replace the current government with those who would act in the best interests of the state and not out of his attempts to extricate himself from an indictment", added Ofer Shelah, an MK with the opposition centrist Yesh Atid party.

The police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu in two bribery cases, but the attorney general is still reviewing the evidence to decide whether to charge Netanyahu.

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