Netanyahu reaches deal with ultra-Orthodox allies to avert early elections

Netanyahu reaches deal with ultra-Orthodox allies to avert early elections

Netanyahu reaches deal with ultra-Orthodox allies to avert early elections

On Monday morning, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted in favor of the bill, setting it on the path towards its first reading at the Knesset plenum and ultimately becoming law.

Police have already recommended Netanyahu be charged in two corruption cases.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened up about spending part of his childhood in America during an in-depth interview with LevinTV host Mark Levin on his new Fox News program, "Life, Liberty & Levin".

"Over the past week we've baked a good solution for the draft crisis".

"If you bring down a right-wing government and lead us to unnecessary elections for personal aims, you will lose us", Bennett added on Twitter, apparently hinting at withdrawing future support for Netanyahu if the prime minister is indicted. "In the end it's all up to one person who has to decide whether he wants elections or not, and that's the prime minister".

However, polls suggest he could remain prime minister and his Likud party could win most of the seats in fresh elections despite police investigations into his affairs.

However, the secularist right-wing partners object to such a bill, saying the ultra-Orthodox should "share the burden" of military service. The ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and Shas parties said they would not vote for the 2019 budget without the draft exemptions, while Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, a key secular partner, has vowed to bolt the coalition if the budget does not pass within the next few weeks.

The Israeli premier, who would face a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months, met with leaders of the ultra-Orthodox parties Saturday night, after which he noted that they were working on a draft for the contentious bill that would satisfy legal and political demands.

On Sunday, Netanyahu said that a coalition without the Yisrael Beytenu party, which would mean a razor-thin majority of 61 lawmakers out of 120, was "not an option". Rival parties have threatened to topple the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections.

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