Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Likud faction late Monday night that contact with opposition leader Shaul Mofaz over forming a unity government began a few days ago and bore fruit.

Now, according to the deal, Kadima has agreed not to topple the government until the official end of its term on October 22 2013.

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Kadima will lead a committee that will work on approving an alternative to the Tal Law - which allows ultra-Orthodox men to indefinitely defer army service - by the August 1 deadline.

The party will also be tasked with changing the government system by the end of the year. staff contributed to this report

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