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Israel Escapes Early Elections as Coalition Stabilizes

14 March 2018, 12:16 | Erica Roy

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Early elections would have shifted attention away from his legal problems, and a win would have shored up his position ahead of a possible indictment.

Meanwhile, two parties in the opposition, Yesh Atid and Meretz, submitted proposals to dissolve the Knesset, which will be discussed in the plenum on Wednesday. Perhaps it's because of a secret deal he has made with Netanyahu.

"That was scary, wasn't it?" "We don't want elections and we don't want the government to break up, but not at any price". Netanyahu "didn't know a word of English" and described his experience as "bizarre and hard for me".

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.

Addressing Israel's lawmakers on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the coalition will continue to carry out its term, just as he had promised when the crisis began.

"He was pulling the whole party along with him down the road to elections. Trump said he demands "significant changes" in the Iran deal itself and not simply the addition of a supplemental agreement between the US and the European countries, according to the officials".

But Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who leads the Yisrael Beiteinu party, has called the legislation a "classic fake law".

"As long as Minister Landver is not fired and the Defense system is given an opportunity to draft a new conscription bill that will be raised when the Knesset returns from its upcoming recess, new elections can be avoided", Liberman wrote.

Amsalem declined a Times of Israel request to comment on the alleged threat by Likud MKs and the reason for the postponement of the committee.

"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.

His religious partners say they will not vote for the 2019 budget without draft exemptions, while a key secular partner has vowed to bolt the coalition if the budget isn't passed soon.

As the protector, in his ministerial capacity, of universal conscription, which the ultra-Orthodox seek to challenge by introducing legislation that would exempt their yeshiva students, and as a staunch secularist who seeks to curb the domination of haredim, Lieberman refuses to be part of a compromise that would save the present coalition by making further concessions to them.

Earlier, senior sources in the coalition were quoted by multiple news outlets as saying Netanyahu had decided not to dismantle the government, having gotten "cold feet".

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