Israeli Army Draft Bill Spat Could Spark Early Elections

Israeli parliament votes for bill to exempt ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military service

On Monday, it appeared that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had come to a temporary solution, satisfying the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties by agreeing to extend the IDF draft exemptions.

"I call on all the coalition partners, first and foremost Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, to remain in the government and to continue this partnership in order to guarantee security, prosperity and stability for the State of Israel", Netanyahu said Monday, hours after a draft version of the law was approved by a legislative committee.

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.

The coalition has been at loggerheads since ultra-Orthodox parties said they would not support next year's budget unless a law is passed to exempt religious students from military service.

Report says the crisis comes as Netanyahu faces police allegations of bribery and mounting corruption probes.

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Haaretz reported that Netanyahu did not have enough votes in the Knesset to bring down the government and trigger early elections.

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Smelling blood in the water, opposition party leaders have also refused to support the bill in the hopes of dissolving Netanyahu's coalition and gaining ground in a snap election.

Coalition chiefs on Tuesday evening hailed the compromise deal achieved at the last minute which seems to have solved a coalition crisis that had nearly dismantled the government, with Netanyahu taking credit for the agreement.

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

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Lieberman vowed on Tuesday that his Yisrael Beitenu party would "vote as one against the bill" as it stands now.

Ultra-Orthodox parties that help underpin Netanyahu's government had demanded a vote on the conscription legislation before passing the budget. "I have the deepest feelings about the United States", Netanyahu said.

Watching Netanyahu address the Knesset the other day I found it impossible not to be impressed by his stamina and his arguments why he's the best possible prime minister of Israel and his coalition a reflection of it.

Netanyahu's opponents have been calling on him to resign since police recommended February 13 that he be indicted on bribery and fraud charges in two influence-peddling cases; police are still investigating a third case in which several former close aides have agreed to testify against him.

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