Netanyahu, who is currently facing the prospect of snap elections and in addition implicated in scandal over graft investigations, has told lawmakers at the Israeli Parliament, Knesset, that "if there are elections, we will win — but we are not there yet."
The Israeli ruling coalition has been in crisis due to the demand of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism political alliance to exempt its voters from military service, which was opposed by Netanyahu's secularist allies — Yisrael Beiteinu.
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Earlier in the day, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that all Knesset members from his party Yisrael Beiteinu will vote against the bill on exempting ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from conscription. His statement came as a response to the decision of the Israeli parliamentary committee to approve controversial legislation.
However, some Israeli politicians believe that the current coalition crisis serves to distract from Netanyahu’s corruption probes. Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay argued that Netanyahu and Lieberman coordinated their moves, adding that "the Netanyahu-Liberman alliance is one of corruption, at our expense."
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According to polls, Netanyahu's Likud party is expected to win the snap election even despite the fact that the Israeli prime minister might face corruption charges following inquiries into two criminal cases.