Liberman pushes Tal Law alternative (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 04/27/12)
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Yisrael Beytenu fired the opening shot for the Knesset’s summer
session, submitting the first of many “Tal Law” alternatives expected
in the coming months.
The Tal Law – declared illegal by the High Court of Justice in
February – provided the legal framework for ultra-Orthodox men to
defer IDF service indefinitely.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called for all MKs who believe in
equality in the national burden, whether they are in the opposition
or coalition, to vote for his party’s bill on May 9.
Liberman wrote on his Facebook wall that he hopes by next year, the
soldiers given awards on Independence Day will originate from all
sectors – secular, haredi, Druse, Arab and Bedouin.
He also called on legislators from across the political spectrum to
support the proposed bill.
“All groups, organizations and people involved in this issue should
contact all MKs from Likud, Labor, Kadima, Independence, National
Union, Habayit Hayehudi and Meretz and demand they support our
proposal,” Liberman added. “No gimmicks, no excuses. Whoever wants
everyone to serve in the army should just come and vote.”
Today, an estimated 60,000 men of army service age receive exemptions
as full-time yeshiva students through the Tal Law.
Calling military service an “existential necessity,” Yisrael
Beytenu’s alternative to the Tal Law would require almost all 18-year-
olds, regardless of faith or religious observance, to enlist in
either the IDF or fulfill national service.
The bill – written by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), chairman of
the Knesset constitution, law and justice committee chairman – quotes
Maimonides, who said that those who do not work for a living are
desecrating God’s name, and that it is forbidden to receive payment
for learning Torah.
Up to 1,000 yeshiva students be able to receive an exemption from
military service, in order to encourage those with exceptional
talents. The same amount of excellent university students, athletes
and artists may receive an exemption, as well.
Anyone who serves in national or civilian service will receive full
rights and benefits, equal to those who served in the IDF, the bill
states. Civilian service will be administrated through the Prime
Minister’s Office and under his direct supervision.
Those who do not serve the state may not receive any grants or
payments from the government, “in order to prevent those who dodge
service from relying on funding from the government, so they will
have to earn a living,” according to the legislation’s subtext. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/27/12)
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