Haredi soldier 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that the Tal Law will not be extended for five years. The law allows ultra-Orthodox men studying full-time in yeshiva to postpone mandatory military service
every year until age 22.
law, originally instituted in 2000, was designed to increase the
numbers of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students serving in the army, and
ultimately joining the workforce.
said that he will discuss the length of the law's extension with his
coalition partners, after which he will submit a proposal for Cabinet
approval. He added that he would like an adjustment period to allow citizens to get used to the new conditions.
PM plans to extend ‘Tal Law’ for 5 years
The law is widely seen to have failed,
however, since very few ultra-Orthodox men have taken advantage of the terms of
the law. According to IDF statistics, 2,000 haredi soldiers were serving in the
army in 2011.
Tal Law, yeshiva students who stopped studying full-time were immediately