Shas denies it agreed to sanctions on IDF service evaders

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 1, 2012 22:43
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Shas denied reports on Channel 2 and Channel 10 Sunday night that the party had agreed for the first time to permit "light personal sanctions" to be allayed on Yeshiva students who evade IDF service.

According to the Channel 10 report, Haredi party representatives agreed that Haredim who do not enlist in the army will not receive housing benefits. In return, they asked for the quota of haredim exempt from army service to be increased.

Channel 2 reported that senior Shas officials stated they would not leave the coalition if the sanctions are decided upon, on the condition that this will complete the bill that is currently being formulated, with no additional demands.

The Keshev Committee tasked with finding an alternative to the Tal Law that would equalize the burden of IDF service reached a stalemate over the weekend due to a dispute between Netanyahu and Kadima on whether benefits should be cut from individual haredim or only their religious establishments.

Netanyahu's associates raised the issue of leftist evaders in order to prove a point that haredim should not be punished for their ideology. Left-wing organizations blasted Netanyahu's associates for making the comparison between haredim and conscientious objectors.

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