Ya'alon pleased by Peri C'tee stance on criminal sanctions

Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon expressed his hope on Wednesday in a written statement, that the decisions taken by the Peri Committee on equalizing the state burdens, would lead to a continuation of the gradual increase in haredim and Arabs to service in the IDF and the public service. 
Ya'alon said that he believed that the automatic imposition of criminal sanctions without any discretion was a "serious mistake that would only hold back the process" of integration of haredim and Arabs into the army and the public service. The Minister of Defense wrote that he was happy that his position was accepted by the Committee on the issue of imposition of criminal sanctions which would leave for the minister of defense the ability to decide on the appropriate handling of individuals or groups who do not get drafted. 
Ya'alon's request that was accepted by the Peri Committee was that the intervening period when criminal sanctions would not be levied on draft dodgers would be increased from three years to four years, Israel Radio reported.
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