Netanyahu: ´Time is Short and the Task is Great´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/21/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday told the Knesset
committee tasked with replacing the Tal Law "Time is short and the
task is great."
Attending the committee´s first meeting, Netanyahu said, "Two weeks
ago we were in this room, Shaul Mofaz and myself, in order to
announce the formation of broad national unity government. The first
order of business stipulated in that unity agreement is drafting an
alternative Tal Law.
"In January, before the High Court decision [that the Tal Law did not
accord with Israel´s Basic Law], I told the Knesset that we must find
a better, more just, solution than the Tal Law provides.
"Today, I am honored to open the first meeting of the ´Committee for
Equality in the Burden.´ Today, we begin hearings that will result in
a new law, a law that will bring equity [in military and national
Netanyahu also laid out his vision for the replacement of the Tal
Law, and implored the committee members to work together despite the
disparity of their views.
"I believe four key principles should guide us: first, an equal
distribution of the burden of service; second, a gradual
implementation; third, the inclusion of Jews and Arabs alike; and
fourth, do all this in accordance with the Basic Laws.
"Hear me, on the committee there are many voices and views, just as
there are many voices and views among the people. This committee is
composed of representatives of the coalition factions, and external
Netanyahu also called on the Hareidi Shas and United Torah Judaism
parties to end their boycott of the committee and participate in the
formulation of the new law.
"On this occasion, I invite the representatives of all factions of
the coalition to join the discussions," Netanyahu said. "In the
coming weeks, the committee will meet frequently in order to bring
about a more just solution to Israeli society."
"For all of us, as citizens of Israel, I wish you and have great
success," Netanyahu added. "Time is short and the task is great. You
must listen, discuss, propose, decide and pass a new law within a few
weeks time." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/21/12)
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