Israeli secular party rejects military draft bill compromise, could lead to snap elections


By Middle East Affairs

After the Israeli prime minister worked with ultra-orthodox Jews on a draft bill that would exclude their young men from the military draft, right-wing secularists are threatening to drop out of the coalition, Haaretz reports.

The controversy is between ultra-orthodox parties and the secular Yisrael Beitenu, which opposes the current draft.

According to the news agency, both sides are threatening to disband the coalition if their demands are not met, which would prompt a snap election.

Israel’s next election is supposed to be in November 2019.

The bill was approved Sunday morning by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, but Haaretz says Yisrael Beitenu plans to appeal the vote.

And the centrist party Kulanu voiced that the bill would not be passed if Yisrael Beiteinu does not back it.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, has promised to push the bill, which would exempt ultra-orthodox Haredi yeshiva students from joining the military.



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