Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Liberman to Netanyahu: No need to initiate early elections

GALI TIBBON Liberman to Netanyahu: No need to initiate early elections
Melinda Barton | 14 March, 2018, 00:18

Earlier on Monday, the government's Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted in favor of the bill following overnight talks between Netanyahu and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners for an agreed version of the bill.

"I said that the nuclear agreement with Iran contains within it many dangers for the world, including the special danger of the nuclearisation of the West Asia", Netanyahu said, according to an statement.

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry said ministers had approved the draft bill, and further negotiations were expected with the attorney-general and Defence Ministry. "The people of Israel do not need elections, which would go against the electoral interests of Yisrael Beytenu and the personal interests of Avigdor Liberman". But Aliyah and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, Yisrael Beiteinu's representative on the committee, refused to support the bill. The primary will be held March 22.

After a truly intricate dance between a nor'easter of raindrops, the Netanyahu government coalition has managed to avoid a coalition collapse and the inevitable early elections that would result.

Ultra-Orthodox parties that help underpin Netanyahu's government had demanded a vote on the conscription legislation before passing the budget.

Lieberman meanwhile opposes the conscription legislation and wants to see the ultra-Orthodox serve in the military like their secular counterparts. "But we are not there", Netanyahu said.

Israel's lawmakers are now discussing the opposition's proposals to dissolve the Knesset.

When probed as to how the peace process to end the conflict with the Palestinians was progressing, Netanyahu said only that the final deal would take some time, adding: "Israel now gives a high priority to its new relations with the Arab countries". "We don't want elections and we don't want the government to break up, but not at any price".

Netanyahu's opponents have been calling on him to resign since police recommended February 13 that he be indicted on bribery and fraud charges in two influence-peddling cases; police are still investigating a third case in which several former close aides have agreed to testify against him.

Three of his former associates have signed state witness deals with police.

The other alleges he sought a secret deal with the publisher of a top-selling newspaper for favourable coverage.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened up about spending part of his childhood in America during an in-depth interview with LevinTV host Mark Levin on his new Fox News program, "Life, Liberty & Levin".

He is not legally required to step down if indicted - only if he is convicted with all appeals exhausted.