A-G: Haredim doing nat'l service to be exempt from IDF

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 1, 2012 18:14

Haredim volunteering for national service will be allowed to complete their programs without being drafted into the IDF despite the expiration of the "Tal Law," Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled Wednesday.

The ruling will affect around 2,000 members of the ultra-orthodox currently enrolled in national service programs, who will continue to be exempt from IDF service.

The Tal Law officially expired at midnight on Tuesday and now 54,000 yeshiva students who have legally deferred national service for religious studies are obligated to perform military service.

The law, enacted in 2002, provided a legal framework for full-time yeshiva students, mainly from the haredi community, to indefinitely defer military service.


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