The prospect of snap elections in Israel grew closer on Sunday after the Moetzes Gedolei Yisroel flatly rejected compromise legislation aimed at healing a gaping rift in the ruling coalition.
Netanyahu was ensconced in back-to-back meetings with Liberman, UTJ chief Yaakov Litzman and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon late Sunday to slash a path through the crisis, which has sprouted from the ongoing controversy over the giyus. The Moetzes is hoping to force legislation that would give protect yeshiva bochurim from the having to enlist into the army.
On Sunday senior coalition members accused Netanyahu of letting the crisis drag on in order to force an election. Polls suggest he could remain prime minister and his Likud party could win the most seats in fresh elections despite a barrage of police investigations into suspected corruption.
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