Former IDF chief Halutz: I'm quitting Kadima

July 7, 2012 19:42


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Former IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz said Saturday that he is leaving Kadima as a result of the party's decision to remain in the government coalition despite the refusal of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to pass a law increasing the number of haredim serving in the IDF or national service. 

Halutz made the comments in an interview with Channel 2 he conducted from 'Camp Sucker' at Tel Aviv's Arlozorov train station. Camp Sucker, the protest movement calling for a more equal shouldering of the national burden, was planning a mass protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.

The former IDF chief said that he was "leaving Kadima" and called on everyone that joined the party in his footsteps to reconsider their path as well.

Halutz called the government's attempts to find an alternative to the Tal Law, "games," and accused the coalition of "cynicism."

When asked about the fact that Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz also planned to take part in Saturday's protest march, Halutz said that it was "strange" that people in the coalition were coming to demonstrate against the coalition.

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