Netanyahu accused of stoking 'fake' crisis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alongside police chief Roni Alshiech

Polls have shown Likud handily winning at least 25 seats should elections be held now, enough to stay in power, though Netanyahu's ability to form a new coalition, or one with the same right-wing partners, could be hampered.

Victory could bolster his political standing ahead of the attorney general's decision on indictments.

On Monday, Israeli parliamentary committee approved a controversial bill to extend military draft immunities to ultra-Orthodox men.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was educated in the United States and he visits frequently because he loves America and believes it has been a force for good in the world.

"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.

A letter Sunday by the religious lawmakers' Council of Torah Sages, a policy-making body, rejected a compromise offer, saying there was no change in the religious party's stance and prompting the meetings between the prime minister and his partners.

"It is a fake crisis that can be resolved". 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.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's party, Yisrael Beitanu, is expected to oppose this bill during the vote.

Netanyahu met with leaders of the ultra-Orthodox parties Saturday night, after which he said they were working on a draft for the bill that would meet legal and political demands.

"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. Rival parties have threatened to topple the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of 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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