The national unity government formed in Israel two months ago disbanded Tuesday when Shaul Mofaz (right), the head of the centrist Kadima Party, announced he was withdrawing because of "intractable differences" with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The coalition, "which had given Mr. Netanyahu a supermajority of 94 of the Parliament's 120 members," has been in disarray recently over the issue of "how to draft more ultra-Orthodox Jews as well as Arab citizens into either the military or civilian service." Analysts predict that elections scheduled for the end of Netanyahu's term in October 2013 could be moved up to next January.
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