PM, Mofaz meet in last ditch effort to save coalition
ByGIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN, Tovah Lazaroff
July 12, 2012 23:42
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz met late Thursday night in a last ditch effort to reach an agreement on equalizing the burden of IDF service and save the national-unity coalition.
Earlier in the day the representatives they appointed to draft a bill equalizing national service, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) and MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) continued to bicker over whether there should be quotas limiting the number of yeshiva students permitted to avoid the draft and what sanctions should be taken against evaders.
Kadima representatives canceled two meetings with Ya’alon, coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin and Netanyahu’s attorney David Shimron set for Thursday night. A source close to Ya’alon said Plesner’s representatives called 10 minutes before a later meeting was set to begin and said they were canceling it unless the Likud agreed to relent on the maximum age haredim