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Lapid skeptical of Tal Law alternative

May 13, 2012 19:18

Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid expressed his doubts Sunday that the new unity coalition government could replace the Tal Law with a more equitable law by the August 1 deadline, Army Radio reported.

"Who really believes that a change in haredi [ultra-Orthodox] conscription will occure when Eli Yishai and Shas are signed and involved? It won't happen," Lapid said at a Tel Aviv University conference, referring to the religious Shas party that remains in the government coalition.

The Supreme Court ruled in February that the Tal Law, which allows haredim to defer army service indefinitely, must be replaced by August.

"If by July 31 the government does not announce that every person over age 18 is going to the army or civil service, know that they deceived you," he added.

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