Liberman pushes Tal Law alternative before Knesset break

May 3, 2012 15:20


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announced on Thursday that he would continue to push forward Yisrael Beytenu's alternative to the "Tal Law" in the final days of the 18th Knesset.

Yisrael Beytenu is recruiting MKs to support the legislation, which requires all 18-year-olds to enlist in the IDF or do civilian service, and working on a key issue in the current election campaign.

The Knesset is expected to dissolve next week, after Coalition Chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) submitted a bill on the subject. As a result of the dissolution, the Tal Law, which allows haredim to indefinitely defer IDF service, will be automatically extended for six to eight months.

Liberman's party planned to bring their plan to a preliminary plenum vote on May 9, which is now expected to be the last day of the 18th Knesset. Therefore, Yisrael Beytenu would have to build support for the bill on Monday and push it through an accelerated legislative process.

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