Ministers approve ´enlistment for all´ bills (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glikman Published: 05.07.12, 13:54)
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Yisrael Beitenu´s proposal states that those who avoid army or civil
service will not be eligible for any state funding. Authors:
Maimonides encouraged work alongside Torah studies
The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs approved on Monday
the submission of two bills pertaining to IDF enlistment for a first
reading in the Knesset.
The bills, authored by MK Einat Wilf (Ha´atzmaut) and the Yisrael
Beitenu faction, are aimed at replacing the controversial Tal Law,
which effectively exempts ultra-Orthodox from military service.
In February the High Court of Justice accepted petitions against the
Four ministers – Benny Begin, Daniel Hershkowitz, Meshulam Nahari and
Yakov Margi - voted against the new bills.
Nahari, a Shas member, filed an appeal against the proposals and
effectively "froze" them for the time being. It remains unclear if
and when the bills will be submitted for the Knesset´s consideration.
In any case, the bills will not be submitted for a vote in the plenum
before they are discussed by the cabinet.
Yisrael Beitenu´s bill states that military service is an existential
necessity in Israel and that the proposal is aimed at preventing
draft-dodging. Those who cannot enlist in the army will be required
to participate in civil or national service programs, according to
"The law will apply to all Israeli citizens, including Jews, Muslims,
Christians, religious, ultra-Orthodox and others," the explanation to
the bill says.
The bill´s authors said that Maimonides also encouraged work
alongside Torah studies.
According to the bill, those who complete a full civil service
program will be exempt from military service, while those who do not
enlist in IDF or civil service will not be eligible for any state
stipends or grants.
"This clause has been added to prevent draft-dodgers from relying on
state funds and to force them to work for a living in accordance with
the law," the proposal´s initiators said.
MK Wilf´s bill states that the recommendations of the Trachtenberg
Committee "expressed the sense of injustice within Israeli society
which is directed those who do not shoulder their fair share of the
burden. This bill is aimed at distributing the military and civilian
burden equally among all segments of the population."
The bill offers those who do not wish to enlist in the army the
possibility of joining a civil service program, "in accordance with
Following the vote, Minister Hershkowitz said, "I am in favor of
equal distribution of the burden and compulsory army service for
those who are able to serve. As for the exemptions from IDF service,
volunteerism is an important value that every society is based on.
The volunteering option should not become an obligation." (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/07/12)
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