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PM vows to push equal service in meetings with ministers
July 3, 2012 17:05

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed the coalition crisis with a series of ministers overnight Monday, telling them them that he intends to bring to a vote a law requiring "civilian service" of anyone not drafted to the army, Army Radio reported.

The ministers Netanyahu met with included Avigdor Liberman, Eli Yishai, Daniel Herschkowitz, and Yaacov Litzman, as well as MK Moshe Gafni. He is set to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday.

Kadima has threatened to quit the coalition if the recommendations of the Keshev Committee, tasked with replacing the Tal Law on haredi military service, are not adopted. The committee was dissolved on Tuesday after its haredi members quit.

Coalition Chair Ze'ev Elkin said that Likud seeks a real formula for sharing the burden, but said Kadima must be flexible. "If what Kadima is looking for is to sanctify the committee and create a crisis, then indeed we are on the path," he said in an interview with Army Radio.

Kadima MK Meir Sheetrit reiterated that the party will not stay in the coalition if the committee's recommendations are not adopted, adding that he regrets voting for May's unity government deal that brought Kadima into the coalition and prevented early elections.

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