Members of Benjamin Netanyahu's government have been quarreling over whether to extend military draft exemptions afforded to ultra-Orthodox men.
The latest crisis revolves around supporting legislation exempting ultra-Orthodox youth from serving in the military and the passage of 2019 state budget.
He directed his remark mainly at Avigdor Lieberman, the defense minister and leader of the Yisrael Beitenu faction, which objects the exemptions. Likud and UTJ's new bill passed the Ministerial Committee for Legislation but now faces a major roadblock in the form of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
The prime minister on Monday attempted to shut down rumors that new elections are his way of garnering support ahead of a possible indictment on corruption charges, insisting that he has no desire to go to the polls.
Another coalition source, who said they had personally discussed the agreement with the prime minister earlier Tuesday, said that Netanyahu "was making it look like his victory" but that "the opposite was true".
A spokesman for the Justice Ministry said ministers had approved the draft bill, and further negotiations were expected with the attorney-general and Defence Ministry.
An indictment likely would cause the fall of the current government, while new elections could bring about more favorable numbers for Netanyahu and a potential new coalition.
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Liberman has vowed that not one Yisrael Beiteinu lawmaker will vote to approve the haredi conscription legislation, though he says his party will not consider bolting the coalition until the bill is actually approved by the parliament.
Based on that compromise, parliament could give final approval to the budget and preliminary approval to the conscription bill as early as Tuesday night.
"We shall not volunteer to leave the government", Lieberman said.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said he would resign if the budget does not pass in the Knesset's winter session, which ends on March 18.
The issue is part of a decades-old debate over whether young ultra-Orthodox men studying at seminaries should perform mandatory military service like the rest of Israel's Jewish population.
United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal if Germany, France and the United Kingdom do not meet its demands, US President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their White House meeting.
Netanyahu's opponents have been calling on him to resign since police recommended February 13 that he be indicted on bribery and fraud charges in two influence-peddling cases; police are still investigating a third case in which several former close aides have agreed to testify against him.