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In surprise move, Netanyahu, Mofaz agree to form unity government, cancel early elections

HAARETZ.com

May 7, 2012 | 6:34 pm

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 7. Photo by REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on May 7. Photo by REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition chairman MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) reached a surprise agreement early Tuesday morning to form a national unity government.

Under the agreement, Kadima will join Netanyahu’s government and support its policies in exchange for a commitment that the government will support its proposal for an alternative to the Tal Law, which allows full-time yeshiva students to defer national service.

Sources in Kadima told Haaretz that Mofaz is expected to be appointed as a minister in the government. Likud sources confirmed this, adding that they expected that Mofaz would become a minister without portfolio.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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