Shas has dropped its veto of bills that would separately legislate the status of
hesder yeshivot, national-religious institutions that combine Torah studies with
Hesder yeshivot were previously authorized under the “Tal
Law,” and as such their legality will end on August 1. Two bills, by MKs Zevulun
Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) and David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), sought to prevent
that situation, and passed a preliminary plenum reading on Wednesday, despite
In Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Science and Technology
Minister Daniel Herschkowitz asked Religious Services Minister Ya’acov Margi and
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Meshulam Nahari, both of Shas, to remove
their opposition to the bills.
Nahari said the bills differentiate
between people who study Torah.
“There is a difference between those who
serve in the IDF and those who don’t,” Herschkowitz argued.
minutes of discussion, the Shas ministers agreed to remove their appeal,
allowing the legislative process to continue for the bills protecting hesder
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