Netanyahu accused of stoking 'fake' crisis to force poll

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However, polls suggest he could remain prime minister and his Likud party could win most of the seats in fresh elections despite police investigations into his affairs.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that the Trump administration's peace plan for the Middle East is still in the planning stages. The underlying meaning of the statement from the Prime Minister's Bureau is therefore that the break-up of the government and new elections are closer than ever.

"All the rest is a fake crisis".

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But while the ministerial committee for legislation approved the controversial bill, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has not said whether he will accept the compromise. The bill does not have to pass three readings before August, while the 2019 state budget, which is due to be voted on in the next few days, does not have to pass second and third readings before December 2018.

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.

The Israeli premier, who would face a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months, met with leaders of the ultra-Orthodox parties Saturday night, after which he noted that they were working on a draft for the contentious bill that would satisfy legal and political demands.

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"In order for that to happen, all the parties need to reach agreements and decide to continue together", he said, implying that he was not the cause of the dispute. Netanyahu's coalition government has the support of 66 of the 120 lawmakers in parliament. The threat prompted a coalition crisis after Kulanu head Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister, threatened to quit his post and take his party out of the coalition if the budget was not passed this week.

A spokesman for Litzman said on Sunday that there were now discussions among all relevant parties over the wording of the conscription bill.

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