Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Netanyahu reaches deal with ultra-Orthodox allies to avert early elections

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Ellis Copeland | 13 March, 2018, 01:24

Mr Netanyahu took much of the fire.

Addressing opposition MKs, he told them that they "want the government to remain because [they're] afraid of elections".

Netanyahu, who attended MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as an impressionable college student, said one thing that makes the United States truly unique in all the world is that no matter who you are, or where you're from, you can succeed if you're talented and work hard. "Therefore, it is important to continue the partnership between us with a broad government as only it can continue to serve the citizens of Israel", Netanyahu added. Rival parties have threatened to topple the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections. In a meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu faction, he said the faction would vote against the bill, including Landver. Talks between the sides were to continue in the coming days.

A parliamentary committee approved a bill on Monday to extend military draft exemptions to ultra-Orthodox men. That has infuriated Israel's secular majority, and previous attempts at compromise have been struck down by the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump reportedly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will withdraw the USA from the controversial Iran nuclear deal if his demands are not met.

With no fewer than four investigations looking into his affairs and a possible indictment on the horizon, Netanyahu has been seeking to remind Israelis of what supporters view as his clout and leadership. The final word on whether to indict him rests with the attorney-general, a decision that could be months away. There is one way only, smear Netanyahu. In the other, he is suspected of promoting regulation that would benefit an Israeli daily newspaper in exchange for more favorable coverage.

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"Then the state of Israel was established, and what a difference that made, and the fact that America did become the leader of the world", Netanyahu said. The company, led by a friend of Netanyahu, in return allegedly provided favorable coverage to the prime minister and his family on its popular Walla news site.

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in all of the cases, accusing prosecutors, police and the media of conspiring to oust him.

Later in the day Netanyahu was summoned by lawmakers to address parliament about the current crisis and reiterated that there was still time to settle any differences.

"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. Opinion polls have shown Netanyahu and his Likud Party gaining popularity as the scandals have mounted.

Abbas Araqchi, Iran's foreign deputy minister, said in a speech in February to London-based think tank Chatham House, "If the same policy of confusion and uncertainties about the [deal] continues, if companies and banks are not working with Iran, we can not remain in a deal that has no benefit for us". "And if there are elections, they will give us an even bigger mandate".

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