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Israeli voters will have a second chance to choose their next government on September 17, after a small conservative party blocked a coalition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and smaller parties on the right.
Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman, who heads the small Israel Beiteinu party, refused to serve in Netanyahu’s government with religious parties unless they agreed to allow military conscription for religious students.
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For decades, Israel has exempted religious students from conscription — a policy that has become increasingly controversial as the religious population has grown. Many Israelis, most of whom are secular, resent the religious military exemption.
Netanyahu had convinced his other coalition partners to accept a compromise that would save the government, the Times of Israel reported. However, Liberman refused the deal. The prime minister then led his party into a vote to dissolve the government and hold new elections, rather than allowing President Reuven Rivlin to invite the leader of another party to assemble a government, and...
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