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Mofaz Sets Monday Deadline for Draft Law

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.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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