Sources close to Shaul Mofaz said that Kadima, weeks after joining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition, was considering leaving it. MKs said they were disappointed with the apparent intention of the Plesner Committee, which is seeking to develop a new law on regulating the draft of Hareidi soldiers into the IDF, to allow large numbers of Hareidi yeshiva students not to serve.
In a weekend meeting, Kadima officials said that the party would continue demanding that the government place penalties on Hareidim who do not serve in the army. Only later, the party decided, should the issue of Arabs being drafted into the IDF be considered, and the question of Hareidi draft was not connected to that of the Arab draft, the party said. Sources close to Mofaz portrayed the situation as one of “crisis.”