Israel's prime minister is holding emergency negotiations with key coalition partners in hopes of averting a crisis that has threatened to plunge the country into early elections. But his base appears to be rallying behind him and he is rising in polls.
The tensions in the Israeli coalition continue, despite a late-night phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in an attempt to resolve the crisis.
"If there are elections, we shall take part and we shall win. Freedom, innovation, informality", Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu, who attended MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as an impressionable college student, said one thing that makes the United States truly unique in all the world is that no matter who you are, or where you're from, you can succeed if you're talented and work hard.
"Over the past week we've baked a good solution for the draft crisis".
But polls are unreliable and it's, therefore, unlikely that they alone would have made Netanyahu decide to have early elections.More news: Trailer released of Varun Dhawan's upcoming film 'October'
But in a late meeting yesterday, ultra-Orthodox factions told Netanyahu they would agree to support the budget if the military conscription bill passed the ministerial committee and an initial parliamentary reading, postponing a final vote until the summer session.
Lieberman has said that he would only support legislation that is drafted by a committee of military officials.
A compromise has been seeking to balance those divergent interests. Yisrael Beiteinu said it will vote against the proposed solution, but Netanyahu would still have the required 61 votes to pass the bill. The court gave Parliament a year to pass a new law.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Tuesday morning 26 Adar spoke with Kol Chai Radio host Betzalel Kahan, explaining her perception of the current political picture.
Robert Ilatov, another Yisrael Beytenu MK, similarly said the party would oppose the bill and added that the compromise deal was "irrelevant".
"Everyone in Yisrael Beytenu will vote unanimously against the bill", said Liberman.More news: Has $3.17 Million Position in Northrop Grumman Co. (NOC)
"Can elections still be prevented?"
Should Lieberman and his party quit, Netanyahu's coalition could in theory continue with a one-seat majority in parliament.
Netanyahu however says that he does not want to do so, calling it unsustainable.
Police have already recommended Netanyahu be charged in two corruption cases.
Three of his former associates have signed state witness deals with police.
In one case, Netanyahu and his family are accused of accepting expensive gifts from wealthy supporters in exchange for financial benefits or favors.More news: Sierra Club says eastern OH ethane plant risky
Watching Netanyahu address the Knesset the other day I found it impossible not to be impressed by his stamina and his arguments why he's the best possible prime minister of Israel and his coalition a reflection of it.