Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Urges Feuding Coalition to Remain Intact

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Urges Feuding Coalition to Remain Intact

"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 Monday, hours after a draft version of the law was approved by a legislative committee. The threat prompted a coalition crisis after Kulanu head Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister, threatened to quit his post and take his party out of the coalition if the budget was not passed this week.

As expected, Lieberman again rejected the legislation but made clear his party, which has five of the coalition's 66 seats in the 120-member parliament, would stay in the government for now. The final word on whether to indict him rests with the attorney-general, a decision that could be months away.

"Should there be an election, we will run and we will win".

Netanyahu's religious coalition partners have demanded that the government extend the military exemptions.

"In one word: freedom", Netanyahu answered. 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.

It comes as Netanyahu's former aide, Nir Hefetz, earlier this week agreed to become a state witness in one of the investigations.

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Mr Netanyahu has vehemently denied wrongdoing in all of the cases, saying he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt by an overaggressive police force and a hostile media aimed at toppling him.

"You want elections before the public knows the truth about your personal corruption, before people who know you and worked with you and know what you did say the whole truth", said opposition lawmaker Tzipi Livni.

"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.

Netanyahu met with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley before viewing the exhibition and praised her strong support for Israel at the United Nations, saying: "We call her hurricane Haley".

As for the Palestinians, who are furious at Trump for overturning decades of USA policy and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Netanyahu said: "We have not walked away from peace negotiations". "And if there are elections, they will give us an even bigger mandate".

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