Report: Cabinet will not vote on Tal Law extension

January 26, 2012 18:18


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The cabinet will not vote on whether to extend the Tal Law at their upcoming meeting on Sunday, Channel 10 quoted sources in the PMO as saying on Thursday.

The Tal Law was approved in 2002, in an effort to attract more haredi men to enlist in the army allowing them then to be legally employed. The law grants those studying full-time in a yeshiva the option to defer their military service until age 23, spend a year in vocational training, and then choose whether to join the army for six months followed by annual reserve duty, or to perform a year of civilian service, and then be free to legally join the workforce.

According to the PMO sources, extending the law does not require government approval, but must be approved by the Knesset before it is set to expire in August. Knesset discussion of the law's extension must begin six months prior to the approval.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said last week he would seek an extension of the Tal Law for five years, but backtracked in the face of opposition from coalition members.

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