Israel minister says not quitting, leaving coalition intact

Dep. Education Minister Meir Porush addresses Knesset committee hearing

Dep. Education Minister Meir Porush addresses Knesset committee hearing Yonatan Sindel Flash90

"I call upon all my coalition partners, starting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to remain in the government and continue this partnership to guarantee security, prosperity and stability to the State of Israel". Rival parties have threatened to topple the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections. Talks between the sides were to continue in the coming days.

Two Israeli ministers opted not to attend this week's meeting of coalition party heads due to the dispute over a bill that seeks to exempt ultra-Orthodox students from military service. That has infuriated Israel's secular majority, and previous attempts at compromise have been struck down by the Supreme Court.

Some accuse Netanyahu of allowing a political crisis to brew within his coalition to enable elections soon - or to at least give himself options.

The decision to press charges is with Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt.

"They take people whom they claim committed some crime", Netanyahu said. There is one way only, smear Netanyahu. The second for promising to promote legislation to boost a newspaper in exchange for favourable coverage.

At the Economic Club in Washington, Netanyahu made light of the corruption investigations back in Israel.

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The prime minister's family eventually returned to the United States for a time, and Netanyahu graduated from Cheltenham High School in Pennsylvania, the same high school Mark Levin went to.

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.

But in a late meeting Sunday, ultra-Orthodox factions told Netanyahu they would agree to support the budget if the military conscription bill passed the ministerial committee and an initial parliamentary reading, postponing a final vote until the summer session.

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

He said, "Last Friday I returned from the U.S. where I met with the President of the United States, a great friend of Israel, Donald Trump".

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