PM and government ministers overcome most serious internal challenge to the coalition since its formation، as an agreement is unanimously approved by Knesset committee ensuring the Haredi-sponsored IDF draft bill passes its preliminary reading، ministers are given carte blanche to vote as they please، and state budget is rammed through Knesset in all readings; PM mocks Opposition: 'If there had been elections I would still be here، and you'd be there، as Ynet said.'
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously approved Tuesday evening a compromise deal regarding the IDF conscription bill designed to exempt Haredim from military service، seeing off the most serious crisis to date that had beset the coalition and threatened to drag the nation into early elections.
The deal managed to strike a delicate balance between the warring parties، ensuring that the conscription bill will pass the same evening in its preliminary reading in the Knesset Plenum، but all factions will be given carte blanche to vote as they please.
As a result، Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beytenu) will be able to vote against the bill—as she has threatened to do—and will not be fired. The decision would constitute a departure from a coalition agreement that ministers who vote against its decisions are automatically fired.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s (Kulanu) 2019 state budget will pass all three readings in the Knesset in the near future، while the nationality bill be brought to a first reading vote no later than Thursday.