Israel's Kadima party quits Netanyahu government
Reuters, Tuesday 17 Jul 2012


Israel's Kadima party quit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition on Tuesday in a dispute over drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military, in a move unlikely to lead to the government's collapse.

"The decision was eventually reached with an unequivocal majority," Kadima lawmaker Yoel Hasson told Israel Radio. "We have finally left this government," he said.

Kadima joined Netanyahu in government only two months ago, with the declared aim of ending decades-old blanket conscription exemptions for seminary students.

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