Barak says he'll submit alternative Tal Law

April 29, 2012 21:51


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday he will submit a replacement bill in the coming days for the contentious Tal Law, after some in the coalition threatened that a failure to draft a new alternative could endanger the future of the coalition.

Barak said his plan would present a "broader arrangement" for enlistment, saying that the IDF will determine who to enlist, and who will be referred to national or civil service instead.

Only 400 yeshiva students a year would be allowed to defer army service to continue their studies, according to his plan.

Barak said the army would also award soldiers serving for two additional years a salary similar to minimum wage in order to allow them to study or develop professional skills. The youths that that the IDF defers to either civil or national service will afterward need to integrate into the work force, according to Barak's plan.

"Only an arrangement this broad will be equitable to all strata of society, and fair to soldiers serving [in the IDF]," said Barak in a written statement.

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