A bill which would make it more difficult for women to evade mandatory army service for religious reasons was voted down 51-28 in a first reading by the Knesset on Monday.
The bill, proposed by MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima), Miri Regev (Likud) and Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu), would require women asking for an exemption from mandatory army service to provide documentation proving that they studied in a religious educational institution.
The proposal was approved in the Knesset's Ministerial Committee for Legislation but was tabled in the Knesset after MK Meshulam Nahari (Shas) submitted a petition calling for a governmental discussion of the bill prior to a vote. Members of the government were forced to oppose the bill before such a discussion could take place. By law, a discussion of a bill that has passed the Ministerial Committee for Legislation but been voted down by Knesset can not take place in the six months following the Knesset vote.