Minister: Mandatory National Service for Everyone (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/22/12)
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Minister Gilad Erdan visited an IDF reservists’ protest tent Sunday
and expressed sympathy with the reservists’ cause. The Likud-led
government is making efforts to ensure an equal distribution of the
burden of service, he declared.
The protesting reservists are calling to end the Tal Law, which
allows hareidi-religious young men to avoid IDF service if they study
Torah full-time instead.
“The Prime Minister and the Likud aim to propose a law that would
lead to equal distribution, so that whoever does not serve in the IDF
would do national or civilian service,” Erdan told them. He told them
he has supported an end to the Tal Law since it was first put into
The Tal Law is to end after the Supreme Court ruled it
unconstitutional. However, the bill’s opponents fear it will be
replaced by a similar law.
Opposition leader MK Shaul Mofaz visited the protesters Sunday as
well, as did other Kadima party MKs. “The call to share the burden
equally is not an attack on anyone, it is for everyone’s sake,” Mofaz
said. “It has a message of unity.”
“I call on the Prime Minister not to bury his head in the sand,”
Mofaz said. “Hundreds of thousands of young men and women are calling
for equal service.”
Erdan accused Mofaz of “riding the coattails of myself and many
others who protested the Tal Law 12 years ago.” As Defense Minister,
Mofaz supported a measure to extend the Tal Law, he added.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/22/12)
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