Kadima leaves Israel coalition over conscription law

  • Israel's Kadima party has left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government following a row over military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews.

    The largest party in the Knesset, Kadima joined the coalition in May to avoid an early election.

    However, it has failed to agree with Netanyahu's Likud party on replacing the Tal Law, under which seminary students can defer military service.

    In February, the Supreme Court declared the law was unconstitutional.

    In a bid to convince Kadima to remain in his governing coalition, Netanyahu proposed that the Israel Defence Forces would draft 50 percent of ultra-Orthodox Jews between the ages of 18 and 23. Another 50 percent would be drafted into operational civil service between the ages of 23 and 26.

    An alternative to the law must be passed by the end of the month.