Mofaz Sets Monday Deadline for Draft Law

Kadima Chief Threatens To Dump Netanyahu Coalition

By Haaretz

Published July 11, 2012.

Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that if a new IDF draft law is not agreed on by Sunday, his Kadima party will quit the governing coalition. Later on Wednesday, Mofaz plans to meet Netanyahu for a face-to-face meeting.

Mofaz convened his party members on Wednesday to discuss the next steps, after a meeting of a committee convened for the purpose of creating new IDF draft legislation - focusing on ultra-Orthodox recruits - broke down as an intense argument between Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) erupted on Wednesday.

“We are at a crucial moment,” Mofaz told Kadima members, “and if we do not introduce a bill in the government meeting we will not be able to maintain this partnership.”

Plesner and Ya’alon planned to submit the bill on Monday for a first reading in the plenum, and to finish the committee discussions by the following week. That’s the last week of Knesset activity before its summer recess - and before the Tal Law expires.

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