Israel govt says deal reached signalling end of crisis

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March 13, 2018 6:19 pm Published by
© AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen at the Knesset
JERUSALEM (AFP) – 

Israel’s government said Tuesday a deal had been reached between partners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition that would allow for the end of a political crisis that threatened to prompt early elections.

The deal, agreed by a ministerial committee, gives coalition members freedom in how to vote on a controversial bill to exempt young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military conscription, the justice ministry said in a statement.

Netanyahu had not yet commented on the agreement.

Efforts had intensified throughout the day to reach a deal to prevent early elections.

Some coalition partners had accused Netanyahu of wanting early elections to bolster his political standing ahead of his possible indictment for bribery in the coming months.

Polls suggest he could remain prime minister after fresh elections even with corruption investigations hanging over him.

Netanyahu has however said repeatedly that he wants his coalition to last to the end of its term in November 2019.

On Tuesday afternoon, Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing coalition sources, reported that Netanyahu was working to resolve the crisis after estimating he could not garner enough votes to dissolve parliament.

© 2018 AFP

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