Yisrael Beiteinu seeks to postpone Knesset dissolution (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 05.06.12, 18:30)
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Lieberman´s party proposes postponing dissolution by a week to allow
legislation of IDF enlistment bill
A day before the Knesset is set to be dissolved the Yisrael Beiteinu
faction submitted a request to coalition chairman MK Zeek Elkin to
postpone the step by a week in order to allow a vote on the party´s
new enlistment bill.
The new bill aims to replace the Tal Law on haredi enlistment which
will expire in July. Sources in the coalition said that the request
is not likely to be granted. On Monday, the Ministerial Committee on
Legislative Affairs is set to discuss a total of five bills
concerning IDF service.
"Since most of the house faction support our bill, there is no reason
to rush and dissolve the Knesset," Yisrael Beiteinu faction chairman
MK Robert Ilatov said. "Our goal is not to start the recess without
the Tal Law issue being addressed."
Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman announced that the bill
will be brought before the Ministerial Committee in an effort to
achieve legislation prior to the Knesset´s dissolution.
The Yisrael Beiteinu bill establishes mandatory enlistment and
requires that haredim as well as other minority groups contribute to
the state, if not through IDF service then through national civil
service. The bill also sets a quota for religious exemptions which
will also apply to seculars who excel in sports, technology, sciences
The faction will also put forward another bill which proposes
increasing state grants to discharged troops who pursue engineering
and technological studies.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that his
Independence faction will also be submitting a national service bill
to the Ministerial Committee. According to the bill, the IDF will
select the eligible recruits and the rest will be required to spend a
year in civil service.
The bill also sets a quota of up to 10% of yeshiva students who will
be exempt of civil service.
The opposition´s largest party Kadima is also seeking to put forward
an enlistment bill of its own.
The party has called all house factions to pass the bill during the
Knesset´s current term. Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz is set to convene
a press conference in which he will address the draft issue and the
prospect of early elections.
Meawhile, Kadima faction members are preparing various draft bills
meant to improve soldiers´ conditions. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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