Knesset panel approves shortened service for male IDF soldiers

By ARIK BENDER
December 5, 2016 14:22

 
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The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved Monday morning legislation to shorten the mandatory service of male IDF soldiers by two months, making the service 30 months long in total. The proposed law will be brought for the cabinet's approval and is expected to come into effect starting July 2020.

The committee approved the move as part of the so called "Settlements Bill" that will go up for government approval later on in the month.

In an official statement made by the Finance Ministry, the move was pronounced "a step that will improve the conditions for combat soldiers and increase motivation for all soldiers." According to the ministry, if approved, the law will have positive impact on the job market in Israel; by sending soldiers earlier into the job market, the workforce and produce shall both be increased.

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