Skip to comments.Kadima’s Departure Leaves Netanyahu’s Coalition at Odds with Itself
Posted on 07/20/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
Elections may be imminent as the debate over the draft--and whether the ultra-orthodox are exempt--leads to the end of Netanyahu's grand coalition
Well, that didnt last long. The newest and largest member of Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition voted to leave it on Tuesday, ankling the government not quite 10 weeks after joining. Kadima, the center-right party that averted elections by joining Netanyahus coalition in May, voted overwhelmingly to return to opposition after Netanyahu chose to side with religious parties in the divisive question of a universal draft.
Kadimas departure does not guarantee new elections. Netanyahus remaining coalition members continue to account for a majority of the Knesset, as Israels legislature is known. But it leaves him weaker and more vulnerable to the passions of the factions who remain nationalists on one hand, and religious parties on the other, who live on opposite polls of the draft issue. Israels high court has ruled that a new law must be in place by July 31, and analysts say hopes for a compromise are leaving with the centrist Kadima.
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