Israeli Coalition in State of Collapse

The Israeli prime minister backed down on the extremist Jewish State law scheduled to see first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday and instead proposed a “moderate”  Jewish State bill of his own which would be presented to the Knesset for first reading on Dec 7th.  However the coalition is in collapse over several issues.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu met with Yisrael Beiteinu leader Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday; and is to meet with Bayit Yehudi leader Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Lapid and Hatnua leader Livni on Monday,  .  

The subject is whether the government can be saved, and if not a bill dissolving the Knesset and setting a date for elections.

Israel’s government was on the verge of collapse on Sunday night as a split over a controversial new law designating the country a Jewish state deepened into an all-out assault by cabinet rivals on the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Netanyahu signalled that he was ready to call an early general election.

After days of talk of a “coalition crisis”, sources close to the Israeli leader said the country was “98 per cent into an election“,

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