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Latest Israeli political crisis exposes fragile coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s maneuvering through the coalition crisis and early elections has broken whatever trust his coalition partners had in him and left him weaker.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool - RC1C497858C0

After a turbulent week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on the evening of March 13 that the coalition crisis is over and a compromise has been reached over the conscription bill and the 2019 budget.

“Fake crisis or no fake crisis, what’s certain is that it was a resounding wake-up call for some of the parties and certainly for many of us Knesset members,” said Labor's Eitan Cabel of the crisis that almost led the State of Israel to a snap election, with a candor uncharacteristic for a politician.

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