Netanyahu Ready for Personal Sanctions on Service Evaders (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/06/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that he would be
willing to impose personal sanctions on hareidim who evade service.
Army Radio reported that Netanyahu made the comments during talks
with the leaders of the coalition parties.
Earlier, Netanyahu met with Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz. During
the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, the two discussed the
new Draft Law. The report said that the two agreed to continue to
talk and may meet again over the weekend.
The new Draft Law has created a crisis in the coalition. The Draft
Law committee headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner announced its
recommendations at a press conference on Wednesday morning, following
a blow-up between Mofaz and Netanyahu, who dissolved the committee
this week following internal dissension.
Plesner said he wants to heavily fine hareidi religious youth who
refuse to enlist in the IDF but issued only general guidelines for
the Arab sector.
Netanyahu later said he concurred with the committee´s most
contentious recommendation, adding that “one who shirks” in his
obligation to do military service, Netanyahu said, “will not receive
the same benefits as one who serves.”
Mofaz strongly rejected Netanyahu’s welcoming of the Draft Law
committee´s recommendations, charging Netanyahu with “evading the
challenge of correcting the injustice of giving an exemption to the
Mofaz has issued a clear ultimatum to Netanyahu to adopt new draft
law proposals if he wants to keep Kadima in the coalition.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Netanyahu met to discuss the issue with
Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, Avigdor
Lieberman. Lieberman told the Prime Minister during their meeting
that the Plesner Committee’s conclusions are unacceptable to him and
that he will demand that everyone, including Israeli Arabs, enlist at
the age of 18. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/06/12)
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