Liberman: Coalition agreement will halt ‘wholesale’ Haredi legislation

In a Wednesday interview, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he was pleased with the agreement that resolved the coalition crisis in Israeli politics. Liberman explained that his achievement from the agreement was knowing that Haredi parties will no longer propose religious legislation in a “wholesale” manner.
Liberman and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

In the wake of the coalition crisis, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commended the agreement that prevented a snap election in the country. In a Wednesday interview with IDF’s Army Radio station, Liberman dismissed claims he had colluded with the prime minister to create the crisis.

The defense minister claimed that the crisis could have been averted had the coalition listen to his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, regarding the disputed IDF draft bill, which sought to allow the exemption of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft. The party had threatened to leave the coalition if the draft bill was passed as it was. “We will not compromise Israel's security based on the needs of one rabbi or another,” Liberman clarified on Monday.

Now, the minister told IDF Army Radio that his greatest achievement from the agreement was that the ultra-Orthodox parties would no longer issue religious-based laws “in a wholesale manner.” Liberman cited recent proposals as an example, including the controversial “mini-market” bill and the Israel Railways Sabbath affair. Liberman stressed that now the coalition could “focus on doing,” instead of “wasting time on useless power struggles.”

As previously reported by JOL, on Tuesday evening, the heads of the coalition parties reached an agreement that would allow Israel to avoid an early election, ending the days of uncertainty in the political system. Addressing Israel’s lawmakers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the coalition will continue to carry out its term, just as he had promised when the crisis began.



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