Barak wants to change ultra-Orthodox IDF exemption law

January 16, 2012 17:25

Defense Minister Ehud Barak advocated Monday for the replacement of the Tal Law, which allows religious Yeshiva students to opt out of IDF service, Army Radio reported.

"We should form an organization to reestablish the Tal Law," he said at a meeting of his Independence party. "The army should decide who it wants, and the rest should go to national service."

A large portion of the ultra-Orthodox population does not serve in the IDF or in national service under the Tal Law's provisions.

Barak also addressed to the postponement of the joint AC12 military exercise with the US in the meeting, saying it was due to scheduling difficulty and that the operation would take place in the latter half of 2012.

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