Rivlin: We cannot impose Tal Law solution on haredim

May 22, 2012 10:52

Knesset Speaker Reuben Rivlin on Tuesday told the Israel Bar Association in Eilat that the Tal Law controversy cannot be resolved by imposing a solution on the haredi (ultra-orthodox) community, but by working with them on a cooperative basis.

Rivlin said that society's conception of haredim must change, as they no longer represent an insignificant minority. Rather, the haredim and the Israeli-Arab community already make-up thirty percent of the population and are growing fast.

While the Knesset speaker was supportive of major reform and believed continued across-the-board exemptions from military and national service for haredim could not continue, he also insisted that forcing a solution would endanger Israel's social fabric.

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