Netanyahu warns Israel could face snap elections


The ultra-Orthodox parties, which possess 13 of the government's 66 seats in the 120-seat parliament, threaten to leave the coalition if a law granting ultra-Orthodox men exemption from conscription fails to pass.

The coalition had been at loggerheads since ultra-Orthodox parties said they would not support next year's budget unless a law was passed to exempt religious students from military service.

Victory could bolster his political standing ahead of the attorney general's decision on indictments.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday visited the Jerusalem exhibit now being presented at the UN building in NY, which Netanyahu said highlights the historical truth.

"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 at the start of his Likud party meeting.

In February, Israeli police said that they had collected sufficient evidence to support claims that Netanyahu committed fraud and took bribes. 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.

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"In one word: freedom", Netanyahu answered.

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

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

"All the factors have converged to give the premier a one-time opportunity to go to an election and win, form a new government, and then, after he's indicted, argue that the public made its choice knowing what the suspicions were, and therefore the accused can continue to manage his trial while also managing the country", Verter wrote.

Although there is a tradition that ministers are fired if they vote against their government, Netanyahu is not legally required to fire Landver.

Netanyahu said this while on official visit to Washington DC, United States (US). "They should tell their people the truth, even if it is uncomfortable".