Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative governing coalition remains on the verge of collapse on Monday after a night of negotiations over legislation to extend military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Had Liberman pulled his Yisrael Beytenu party out of the coalition over the bill, leaving it with 61 seats out of 120, that would likely have spelled early elections, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he will not lead a government with such a razor-thin margin.
The threat by Likud MKs, the source said, was conveyed by Amsalem to Netanyahu who then postponed a meeting of the Ministererial Committee for Legislation in order to craft an agreement that allowed Landver to stay in government and vote against the bill.
The political woes come as Netanyahu is battling corruption allegations. Opponents, however, have accused Netanyahu of orchestrating the impasse to trigger an election that could bolster his standing before a possible indictment on influence-peddling charges.
At a meeting with ministers of his Likud party on Sunday, Netanyahu was quoted by Israeli media as saying he was working for a stable government that would serve out its term until a national election due in November 2019.
Trump is demanding "significant changes" to the Iran deal, not just additional agreements between the United States and the European nations, and said he would pull out of the deal if those changes aren't made, Israeli officials told Axios.
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Some in Netanyahu's right-wing coalition suggested the prime minister was deliberately allowing the crisis to worsen to expedite elections for personal reasons. Either the defense minister tells Sofa Landver to abstain in the vote on the Draft Law, or the prime minister decides not to fire Sofa Landver, even if she votes against it.
All of those votes - on a budget for 2019 and legislation to exempt young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military conscription - could occur by the end of Tuesday.
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". Netanyahu says he's the innocent victim of a witch hunt by left-wing opponents and the media.
The haredi parties agreed to help pass the military exemption bill in its preliminary form, though they have made it clear they are expecting more.
The political tremor comes as Netanyahu and his close associates are involved in at least four corruption cases.
"President Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in their meeting at the White House last Monday that he won't show flexibility in the negotiations with France, Germany and the United Kingdom on amending the Iran nuclear deal, two senior Israeli officials told me".