The government was set to approve on Sunday the enlistment of 1300 yeshiva students for national service and officially recognize such as an alternative to serving in the IDF, Israel Radio reported.
The proposal is meant as a compromise with the religious community and an interim solution to offset a deficiency in volunteers following the expiration of the Tal Law four months ago, which allowed haredim to defer their military service.
The new arrangement, jointly devised by the Defense Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry, reportedly will remain in effect until next August.
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