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July 17, 2012 12:12 pm

Mofaz and Kadima Party Exit Historic Israeli Coalition

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Shaul Mofaz. Photo: Sgt. Andy Dunaway, U.S. Air Force.

Nearly two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck a deal with Shaul Mofaz of the Kadima party to form one of the most definitive majority coalitions in Israeli history, Mofaz and Kadima voted to withdraw from the ruling coalition over a failure to reach agreement on military service for Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) and Israeli Arabs.

“It is with deep regret that I say that there is no choice but to decide to leave the government,” Mofaz stated.  “It wasn’t easy to enter it, I paid a personal political price but this issue is fundamental, and there is no choice but to leave the coalition. Every concession will harm Kadima’s image.”

The issue of required military service for Haredim and Israeli Arabs has split the Knesset between those who believe every Israeli citizen should serve in the IDF, and those who believe that these groups should not be required to serve in whole.

“Right now there are no solutions which command a majority in the Knesset,” a source with knowledge of Israeli government discussions on the matter told The Algemeiner.

Netanyahu and Mofaz have negotiated on a compromise that would allow legislation to be passed on the military service issue but the two leaders could not reach an agreement.  Mofaz has insisted that all Israelis enlist in the IDF once they reach the age of 22 while Netanyahu, under pressure from political parties who oppose this idea, could not agree to such a move.

“The Haredim and Arabs, they are not compromising, and now we see Mofaz doesn’t want to budge from the recommendations of the committee,” the Israeli source said.  He was referring to recommendations given by a government appointed committee which supported universal military service for all Israeli citizens.

Many Israelis want a compromise but they understand the complexity of this issue, including the logistical problems posed by Haredim recruits.  One such example given to the Algemeiner is that the Haredim would ask that women not instruct or command male recruits.

“The majority of the population is passive on this, they would like the Hardeim to do something but it’s not such an important issue to them,” the source said.

24 out of 27 Kadima Members of Knesset voted in favor of leaving the coalition.

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  • kevobx

    God he is the vine, correct? So that makes Satan him divine? Esau, is thou art in the Bible. The first covenant is spiritual dead, worldly. *Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. *Hebrews 9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. (Remember, Esau the white man, is red blooded Israel’s twin is a cunning man of the world, a dweller of caves, thou art (1st John 2:15). Jacob is a plain man, a dweller of tents. True believers are not in any earthly church, I, my and we is the congregation of the dead (Proverbs 21:16). *Ruth 4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. *Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (Cain and Esau are family descendants *John 8:44) What does a murderer say after killing his own brother? Am I my brother’s keeper. Remember, Esau wanted to kill off Jacob, and take his birthright, his heritage. Esau hated Jacob *Genesis 34:30*. (The white man hated the Negro, so they push pride and culture, their secret is praising men) *1st Corinthians 3:21*

  • I repeat…

    There is a peaceful way forward on this issue. Why can’t all the Jewish sects and groups agree on some basic principles ?

    If unity and vision prevails the whole camp will benefit.