Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu persuaded the ultra-religious United Torah Judaism leader Rabbi Litman to accept a compromise on his party’s ultimatum to vote against the state budget on Thursday unless a bill excusing yeshiva students from compulsory military service was promulgated in advance. The deal was struck Sunday night during a marathon Netanyahu began on his return from the US to save his cabinet and stave off an early election. It consisted of the UTJ’s consent to a preliminary reading of the contested bill ahead of the budget vote and the second and third readings immediately after. Still holding out at the opposite end of the dispute is Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. He threatens to quit the cabinet with his Israel Beitenu party unless the defense establishment has a say in determining the bill’s text. The two counter-demands have held the Netanyahu government hanging by a thread over a snap election after only after 20 months in office. Lieberman promised to announce where he stands later Monday. He can either stand firm, or accept the compromise offered, whereby defense officials will have a say in the final readings of the bill. It is no secret that the Israeli army is anyway not too keen on having to mobilize and train a large intake of tens of thousands of yeshiva students every year, which would also strain its budget. Lieberman’s tough stance on this may well be seen as largely political.