FM vows Tal Law alternative by which 'everyone will serve'

February 22, 2012 13:18


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday said that Israel Beiteinu will propose an alternative to the Tal Law by which "everyone will serve the state."

The High Court of Justice ruled late Tuesday evening to accept a petition against the legality of the Tal Law. The law, which the Knesset passed in 2002, was designed to encourage ultra-Orthodox men to enlist in the IDF or for national service, while allowing exemptions for those who choose to study Torah full-time instead of serving.The Movement Against the Tal Law on Wednesday proposed a law by which all citizens will be obligated to serve in the army or perform National Service.

Liberman told Army Radio on Wednesday that his party would put forth a similar proposal. "I think the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties have gotten the message this time that they cannot dodge a resolution of this issue. The Foreign minister added that the High Court decision will help the coalition internalize the need to make enlistment equal.

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