Mofaz mulling quitting coalition Tuesday

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 16, 2012 23:18

 
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Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz will remove his party from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition as early as Tuesday if gaps between Likud and Kadima on how to equalize the burden of IDF service are not bridged, sources close to Mofaz said Monday.

Lawyers representing Likud and Kadima spoke on the phone multiple times on Monday but did not meet or report any significant progress. The Kadima faction is expected to convene Tuesday after Mofaz delayed its regular Monday meeting because he did not want to make a major political announcement during the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"If nothing happens [to end the conflict with Likud], I believe it is a correct conclusion [that Mofaz would seriously consider quitting on Tuesday],” a source close to Mofaz said. “It is not an ultimatum. It is due to the fact that there is no progress.”

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