Yisrael Beiteinu has again threatened to leave the coalition if the controversial draft bill is passed. The bill allows for the exemption of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from drafting into the military.







Avigdor Liberman

Avigdor Liberman Photo Credit: Adi Gefen/TPS

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is expected to vote on the controversial draft bill that will exempt ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from drafting into the army.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s party, Yisrael Beiteinu, is expected to oppose this bill during the vote. MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu) said in an interview with Israel Radio this morning that Yisrael Beiteinu “would oppose” the draft bill. “We will not compromise Israel’s security based on the needs of one rabbi or another,” he said.

It is feared that the current tensions in the coalition could lead the country to the polls for an early election. On Sunday, Netanyahu met with United Torah Judaism head Yaakov Litzman and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to try to reach a compromise. Sources indicate that a compromise was reached between Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox coalition partners.

As previously reported by JOL, Liberman and Yisrael Beiteinu have threatened to leave the coalition if the draft bill passes. Netanyahu responded to the threat stating, “One thing is clear – we cannot maintain a 61-member coalition.”