Deadline for amendment to haredi conscription law looms while draft law faces legal difficulties

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Sunday that the IDF and the Defense Ministry are working on a formula for a new legal framework for haredi yeshiva students that will “allow for” haredi enlistment and not “coerce” enlistment.

Yaalon’s comments come as efforts to address once again the perennial battle over drafting haredi men into military service are heating up, with an implausibly short deadline approaching this month to deal with the legislation on this issue.

The law passed by the last government in March 2014 provided for the gradual implementation of compulsory military conscription for all haredi men through interim enlistment targets until the middle of 2017 when enlistment would be obligatory for all haredi men.


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