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Israeli PM urges coalition partners not to leave government

Israeli PM urges coalition partners not to leave government

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.

At a meeting on Sunday, influential rabbis reportedly made a decision to stick by the demand that a bill on the military exemption be approved before the budget is passed while rejecting compromise legislation that had been proposed.

The exemption passed the Knesset in 2015 but was shot down by the Supreme Court in 2017, which ruled that it was discriminatory.

Ultra-Orthodox political parties have said they would not support a budget for 2019 unless the bill is approved. His party, which has five seats in the government coalition, is both right wing and largely secular, and believes Israel's near-universal draft is essential for its security.

Lieberman later told lawmakers from his Yisrael Beitenu party that he would continue to oppose the legislation, but would remain in the government for now.

The result is a house of cards. Yisrael Beiteinu said it will vote against the proposed solution, but Netanyahu would still have the required 61 votes to pass the bill.

If the bill does not pass and the budget fails because the haredi parties won't vote for it, Kahlon and his party will leave the government. Reputedly disgruntled and frustrated members of Netanyahu's own party may join Ya'alon if they find better prospects there. "Therefore, it is important to continue the partnership between us with a broad government as only it can continue to serve the citizens of Israel", Netanyahu added. Rival parties have threatened to bolt the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections.

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He said, "I think it's true". "I need the film more than anyone else in the room at this point of time in my career", said Dhawan. October seems to be a hardcore romantic film and Varun's character looked devastatingly in love with his lady in the poster.

The 68-year-old premier could soon face charges in at least two separate corruption affairs. But does he want to?

Liberman on Monday had threatened to quit the coalition and thus usher in new elections.

"If there are elections, we will win - but we are not there yet", he said.

"I said that the nuclear agreement with Iran contains within it many dangers for the world, including the special danger of the nuclearization of the Middle East", Netanyahu said, according to a statement released on his behalf.

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. A third case has picked up steam in recent weeks.

"Prime Minister, to topple a right-wing government over nothing would be a historic mistake similar in size to the fall of the Shamir government in 1992", she tweeted, referring to the collapse of the coalition, led by Likud's Yitzhak Shamir, and the election that resulted in victory for Labor's Yitzhak Rabin.

The latest polls suggest Netanyahu's Likud Party will retain a plurality, with 29-30 seats.