Netanyahu carrying out last efforts to prevent early elections before IDF draft vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly attempting last-minute efforts to prevent elections before the vote on the IDF draft bill on Tuesday evening. The Knesset will also discuss dissolution proposals submitted by the opposition before the preliminary reading of the bill.
Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday is attempting to halt the ongoing crisis of the Israeli coalition and prevent elections in June, Israeli media has reported. Meanwhile, the vote on the disputed IDF draft bill was postponed to 6 PM on Tuesday instead of 3 PM as scheduled, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on Tuesday.

Now, only several critical hours remain until the Israeli government decides whether to announce early elections, reports claimed. Before the preliminary reading of the proposed IDF draft bill, Israel’s lawmakers are expected to discuss the opposition’s proposal to dissolve the Knesset.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman continued his statements against the bill on Tuesday and called the process of the bill’s submission as “an absurd situation.” The defense minister said that now the decision remains in the hands of Netanyahu. “Can elections be prevented after all? Of course, they can,” said Lieberman. However, he warned Netanyahu that if the prime minister removes Yisrael Beytenu MK Sofa Landver from the government for voting against the bill as several reports have claimed, then elections would be inevitable.



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