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The government is racing to draw up a new draft law ahead of a court-ordered Aug. 1 deadline. The Supreme Court has ruled the current system, which exempts ultra-Orthodox men from mandatory military service, is illegal.
On Monday, Mr. Netanyahu disbanded a parliamentary committee working on a new draft law due to deep disagreements among its members. Ultra-Orthodox parties oppose any change in the current system.
Mr. Netanyahu’s decision led his largest coalition partner, Kadima, to threaten to leave the government. Kadima only joined the coalition in May with the goal of reforming the current draft system.
He said that the disbanded committee, led by a Kadima lawmaker, would still issue its recommendations this week, and that if Mr. Netanyahu does not take the “necessary step” of using the report as the basis for a new draft system, “The national unity government will come to an end.”
In the event of “a foreign attack, we discussed with our brothers [in the Syrian regime], with [Hezbollah chief] Hassan Nasrallah and our brothers in Iran, we will be part of this battle,” said Ahmed Jibril of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
In an interview with Beirut-based Mayadeen television, Mr. Jibril said that if a “Turkish-European alliance or NATO escalate … we will take to the streets and fight on behalf of all those with honor and our Syrian brothers.”
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