Israel’s Kadima Party Votes to Withdraw From Netanyahu Coalition

Israel’s Kadima party, the biggest in parliament, voted to withdraw from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition after failing to agree on legislation for drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the army.

Kadima’s pull-out today comes about two months after its leader, Shaul Mofaz, struck a surprise deal with Netanyahu to join forces and create the biggest government alliance in 20 years with 94 seats in the 120-member Knesset. Netanyahu, chairman of the Likud party, still commands a majority in parliament without Kadima’s 28 seats.

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