Following meeting between Netanyahu, Liberman, government committee approves compromise deal averting government collapse.

A deal brokered by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) Tuesday evening has resolved the ongoing coalition crisis over a haredi-backed draft law, and averted the collapse of the Likud-led government.

On Tuesday night, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted to back a bill aimed at protecting army draft exemptions for yeshiva students, while also permitting coalition members freedom to vote against the bill.

The unusual move is part of the compromise agreement between the Prime Minister and the Yisrael Beytenu party, which had clashed with Netanyahu over the draft bill this week, vowing to vote against it despite the premier’s threats to fire Yisrael Beytenu minister Sofa Landver.