Israel is facing fresh political turmoil after the largest party in the country's Parliament Kadima quit the coalition government of prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. The disagreement was over the drafting of ultra-orthodox Jews to the Army and comes at a sensitive time for the Israeli government. RT's Paula Slier explains.
It's interesting that Israel is the only nation to have active duty women in the military that can serve in the Infantry regiment, and be in combat situations under direct fire from enemy combatants. (*unarmed citizens*)
The True Sons of Liberty are alive and well.
Мое сердце, мой спаситель, да будет свет.
Мое сердце, мой спаситель, да будет свет.
Travvysavvy wrote:It's interesting that Israel is the only nation to have active duty women in the military that can serve in the Infantry regiment, and be in combat situations under direct fire from enemy combatants. (*unarmed citizens*)
No longer true in the American military.
Kinninigan wrote:I wonder if this has anything to do with the assasination attempt on Hillary Clinton today?
Happened in Isreal, and there is no big coverage...
also remember it was a Israeli that killed there own leader ,can israel be trusted no
Israel's largest party walks out of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, was forced to consider calling an early general election on Tuesday night after the largest party in the country's parliament walked out of his ruling coalition.
Just two months after joining a unity government, Shaul Mofaz led his Kadima party into opposition after failing to secure legislation extending conscription to Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Mr Mofaz also resigned as deputy prime minister as negotiations over a new law on army service collapsed.
"Kadima has decided to resign from the national unity government," Mr Mofaz said.
"I committed that if we don't succeed in our mission we won't remain in the coalition. I'm keeping my word. We are returning, with our heads held high, to serve Israel in the opposition."
Holding 28 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Kadima's entry into the coalition gave Mr Netanyahu a majority virtually unparalleled in the history of the Jewish state.
Despite the loss of Kadima, the prime minister's Likud party will still hold an overall majority of 12 in the Knesset thanks to its alliance with smaller right-wing and religious parties.
But Mr Netanyahu had appeared poised to call an early election in May shortly before he confounded observers by drawing Kadima into government.
Unwilling to yield to vote-winning concessions that smaller coalition partners are likely to demand when the next budget is drawn up in December, Mr Netanyahu is likely to go to the polls early next year.
A general election is not due until October, 2013 but Mr Netanyahu is highly popular in Israel and opinion polls suggest that Likud would again form the next government.
Despite his strong position, Mr Netanyahu will regard the loss of Kadima as a blow. Its support would have been useful domestically if he decided to launch unilateral military action against Iran's nuclear facilities.
Sinking fast in the opinion polls, Kadima had pinned its hopes of a recovery on securing reforms to the conscription law, which is viewed as highly unfair by secular Israeli Jews who make up the majority of the country's population.
Until now, most ultra-Orthodox Jews have been exempt from army service on the grounds that many do not complete their religious education until they are in their forties.
With religious parties disproportionately powerful in the Knesset as they can make of break coalition governments, Mr Netanyahu proved unwilling to alienate them by taking a strong stance on the issue.
Instead, he proposed compromises that would have allowed far more Ultra-orthodox Jews to escape the draft than Kadima was willing to countenance. Some observers say Mr Netanyahu's position could cost him votes from some traditional Likud voters.
Kadima, which takes a less combative line on negotiations with the Palestinians, is pinning its hopes of electoral survival on being able to woo those angry over Mr Netanyahu's reluctance to confront ultra-Orthodox leaders.
quick stage terrorist attacks so i can stay in power
and blame iran so i can get yet more us tax dollars given to me and increase my wealth while amercain citizens live in poverty
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