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TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent snap elections and cobble together a new governing coalition before Wednesday’s deadline.
If he fails, the country will again be heading to the voting booths on September 17, costing the government some NIS 475 million, according to an official from the finance ministry.
Speech - Knesset - Netanyahu - Yisrael - Beytenu
In a speech to Knesset, Netanyahu blamed Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman for causing the coalition crisis. Liberman, head of the secular Yisrael Beytenu party, is refusing to back down on the draft bill under which the ultra-Orthodox would be forced to serve in the military.
“There is no reason to paralyze the country for another year and a half and waste billions when there is a solution [to the debate over the draft bill],” Netanyahu said. “For semantics, you don’t go to elections. It can be solved in two minutes.”
Liberman - Netanyahu - Twitter - Changes - Surrender
Liberman told Netanyahu on Twitter: “These are not merely cosmetic changes but a surrender to the haredim.”
The **** for tat continued with Netanyahu instructing Likud ministers to “open fire on Liberman” – walking back an earlier order to restrain themselves.
Dispersal - Bill
The so-called dispersal bill, calling for dissolving the...
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