Television personality and aspiring MK Yair Lapid presented his alternative to the Tal Law in the first conference for his party "Yesh Atid" on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Lapid's plan, anyone who does not do IDF or civilian service will not receive any government stipends. Over the next five years, a government service office should be founded, where it will be determined where every 18-year-old – haredi, secular or Arab – will serve. The IDF will decide who should enlist, and all others will do national service, Lapid proposed.
While the plan is being put into effect, haredim will be given an exemption from the IDF, and can join the work force, while the most talented students will stay in yeshiva. Currently, only students enlisted in yeshivas can be exempt from IDF service, but Lapid hopes this plan will encourage those students less dedicated to Torah studies to work. After five years, all haredi 18-year-olds will have to do some form of service.
Lapid calls his plan "Equal Service for All," which he said several times is "not just a campaign slogan or bumper stickers," in an attempt to differentiate himself from parties in the Knesset with similar proposals.
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