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Israel minister says not quitting, leaving coalition intact

Israel minister says not quitting, leaving coalition intact

Rival parties have threatened to bolt the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections. 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. "It all depends on Netanyahu", Naftali Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party that holds eight seats, told Israel Radio.

Netanyahu separately called on Lieberman and all other coalition partners to remain in the government.

"That was scary, wasn't it?" Journalists who speculate in rumors and innuendos (yes, they do exist....) tell us that it's Netanyahu who wants the elections now for at least two reasons. "I know that I saved you from massive disappointment, because had there been elections I'd be back here [at the lectern] and you'd continue to offer commentary [from the back benches]".

"I call on all the coalition partners, first and foremost Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, to remain in the government and to continue this partnership in order to guarantee security, prosperity and stability for the State of Israel", Netanyahu said at the start of his Likud party meeting.

"He was pulling the whole party along with him down the road to elections".

"Trump has set May 12th as the deadline to reach an agreement with France, Germany and the "fix" the nuclear deal and avoid USA withdrawal".

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They will discuss their children's welfare. "If my motion is not accepted, principle of natural justice will be denied", Roy said. Naidu reminded members of sanctity of the rules of the House and the need to adhere to them.

On Monday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a controversial bill that would essentially allow haredi yeshiva students to be exempt from the draft.

Netanyahu spoke at length of the threat posed by Iran, whom he said wanted to build an empire, starting with the current land corridor of sympathetic governments it has built to the Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The ultra-Orthodox parties, which possess 13 of the government's 66 seats in the 120-seat parliament, threaten to leave the coalition if a law granting ultra-Orthodox men exemption from conscription fails to pass.

Trump hosted Netanyahu and his wife at the White House on Monday.

On Monday, Likud MK Yehudah Glick said he would not support a dissolution of the Knesset. He believes that a great difference has been made by the founding of Israel as the Jewish state and by America's assumption of its role as the leader of the free world. "I call on my friends to join me and vote against!"

The police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu in two bribery cases, but the attorney general is still reviewing the evidence to decide whether to charge Netanyahu. He is further embattled by deals signed recently by two of his former confidants that will see them testify against him in a third case. No party in the coalition wants to topple the government, they want to reach a joint solution.