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Israeli religious party denies coalition crisis

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top religious partner says Israel's ruling coalition won't be shaken by the Supreme Court's annulment of a law letting most ultra-Orthodox Jewish men avoid military service.

The Shas Party said Wednesday it is confident seminary students would continue to pursue religious studies instead of serving. The party says it thinks officials will be able to put together a new military exemption deal that would meet the court's standards.

Tuesday's court ruling raised concerns of a coalition crisis but Shas spokesman Yakov Betzalel says he doesn't "see it in the offing."

An impending shift in the court could ease things for the ultra-Orthodox. Incoming Chief Justice Asher Grunis said Tuesday that the court shouldn't have ruled on the law.

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