Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Wednesday railed against haredim (ultra-Orthodox) not serving in the army, saying at a Knesset plenum discussion, "The time has come that we stop lying to ourselves, the IDF has ceased to be a people's army." Livni's comments came as the Knesset voted down two Kadima proposed alternatives to the Tal Law.
Livni, speaking a day after the High Court of Justice deemed unconstitutional the Tal Law, allowing some yeshiva students to defer their IDF service, stated that "we didn't need the High Court in order to understand that their is inequality."
The opposition leader added that "the unity of the people passes first of all through a common contribution to the state and the society."
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