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Israeli Army Draft Bill Spat Could Spark Early Elections

Israeli Army Draft Bill Spat Could Spark Early Elections

But Liberman remained defiant, calling the law "absurd" and vowing that his secular Yisrael Beytenu party would vote against the legislation.

Mark Levin sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation that will air on "Life, Liberty and Levin" on Sunday, March 11th, at 10:00pm ET on Fox News Channel.

He added that "it could be that there's someone who for personal reasons wants to generate a crisis and lead the state to elections".

"It's still unclear whether Bibi wants elections or not", the party official told The Times of Israel, referring to the prime minister by his nickname. The bill does not have to pass three readings before August, while the 2019 state budget, which is due to be voted on in the next few days, does not have to pass second and third readings before December 2018.

At a meeting on Sunday, influential rabbis reportedly chose 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. Members of Netanyahu's government have argued in recent days over whether to extend the exemptions demanded by ultra-Orthodox leaders.




After coalition talks on Sunday, Netanyahu's office said cabinet ministers were waiting for ultra-Orthodox parties, which control 13 of the government's 66 seats in the 120-member parliament, to present a revised formula for the legislation.

"In order for that to happen, all the parties need to reach agreements and decide to continue together", he said, implying that he was not the cause of the dispute. In the past, the parties have compromised over the issue, but at least one coalition partner suggested Netanyahu was not invested in preventing the government's collapse.

ISRAELI ministers gave initial approval today to a bill exempting young ultra-Orthodox men from military service, a spokesman said, the first concrete step towards resolving a crisis that had threatened early elections.

A spokesman for Litzman said on Sunday that there were now discussions among all relevant parties over the wording of the conscription bill.


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