Netanyahu government reaches deal to avoid snap polls
JERUSALEM: Israel's government reached a deal on Tuesday (Mar 13) to avoid snap elections after days of speculation over the motives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing possible indictment for corruption.
The deal comes after some coalition partners had accused Netanyahu of wanting early elections to bolster his political standing ahead of his possible indictment for bribery in the coming months.
Netanyahu repeatedly insisted that he wanted his right-wing coalition to last until the end of its term in November 2019.
After the deal was announced on Tuesday night, Netanyahu told parliament that "I promised to do everything possible so that this government that has had magnificent success remain in place, and I kept my promise."
Efforts to reach a compromise had intensified throughout the day.
On Tuesday afternoon, Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing coalition sources, reported that Netanyahu was working to resolve the crisis after estimating he could not garner enough votes to dissolve parliament.