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AFP
March 12, 2018

Netanyahu accused of stoking ‘fake’ crisis

World

AFP
March 12, 2018

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS: Members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s coalition accused the embattled premier on Sunday of perpetuating a "fake crisis" over a political dispute to potentially force early elections.

The dispute comes as Netanyahu faces a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months. Polls suggest he could remain prime minister and his Likud party could win the most seats in fresh elections despite police investigations into his affairs.

Victory could bolster his political standing ahead of the attorney general´s decision on indictments. Netanyahu has said he wants his coalition to last its entire term, which expires in November 2019 -- something he repeated on Sunday.

But others in his right-wing coalition suggested he had other motives. The coalition is at loggerheads over legislation that would exempt young ultra-Orthodox men from military service, a dispute that has threatened to pull the government apart.

"Over the past week we´ve baked a good solution for the draft crisis. I can say that there´s no draft crisis. It´s a fake crisis," Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, told reporters ahead of Sunday´s cabinet meeting.

He added that "it could be that there´s someone who for personal reasons wants to generate a crisis and lead the state to elections... In the end it´s all up to one person who has to decide whether he wants elections or not, and that´s the prime minister." Yaakov Margi of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party implied that compromises had been made to allow for a resolution, saying that "the feeling is that the prime minister has fallen in love with this fake crisis."