Rivlin: Extend Knesset summer term if service bill on table

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 16, 2012 14:54

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Monday that he would seek to extend the Knesset's summer session if the government were to submit a universal service bill to the Knesset next week.

Next week is scheduled to be the last week of the current Knesset session, but Rivlin stated that he would ask the Knesset House Committee to extend the term for the purposes of discussing a bill to replace the Tal Law. "If the committee rejects my request, I intend on continuing the last Knesset session into the recess until the discussions end and the bill is approved."

The Tal Law, which allows the framework for haredi Torah students to indefinitely defer IDF service, expires on July 31.

"This is an issue which must be determined. The Knesset cannot cut off the discussion while an answer is being formulated simply because a recess is scheduled," Rivlin stated.


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