Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman categorically stated Monday that Yisrael Beytenu will not leave the coalition over the Tal Law issue but warned he would present his own bill if he was not satisfied with the bill formulated by Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner.
Speaking at a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting, the party leader said that if the team working on how to equalize the burden of IDF service does not decide to require service for all 18 year olds, his party will present a bill next Wednesday that does. Liberman also expressed outrage that the Ariel University Center is not being made into a university, and that affirmative action is being given to Arab municipalities and Arab college students.
However, he said that despite his frustration he will not remove Yisrael Beytenu from the coalition.
"I want to make clear that I do not intend to leave the coalition. There are people in the Knesset and the press who hope we will leave and make some portfolios available. We just want to make sure our coalition agreement is implemented," Liberman asserted.