In Israel yesterday, the Kadima Party withdrew from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government after only 73 days when negotiators were unable to reach a compromise on a new law to provide for the drafting of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews into the Israeli military. The withdrawal of the 28 Kadima members of the Knesset from the coalition left Netanyahu with a narrow majority in the 120-seat legislative body. As reported by the Jerusalem Post and JTA, Prime Minister Netanyahu had proposed a law that would have required half of the haredi men to enlist in the military at age 18-23, while the other half would have performed civilian service at ages 23-26. Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz said that this did not go far enough toward the concept of equal service by all. The current Tal Law that grants draft deferrals to most haredi yeshiva students was struck down by the Israeli Supreme Court in February. (See prior posting.) If the Knesset does not pass a new law by August 1, the Defense Ministry will have authority to draft all yeshiva students. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said his ministry would increase the number of yeshiva students who are drafted, but would not conscript all haredi.