PM: Tal Law will not be extended by 5 years

Law designed to increase the numbers of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students serving in the army widely seen to have failed.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 18, 2012 17:24
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Haredi soldier in the IDF

Haredi soldier 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that the Tal Law will not be extended for five years. The law allows ultra-Orthodox men studying full-time in yeshiva to postpone mandatory military service every year until age 22.

Netanyahu said that he will discuss the length of the law's extension with his coalition partners, after which he will submit a proposal for Cabinet approval. He added that he would like an adjustment period to allow citizens to get used to the new conditions.

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The law, originally instituted in 2000, was designed to increase the numbers of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students serving in the army, and ultimately joining the workforce.

The law is widely seen to have failed, however, since very few ultra-Orthodox men have taken advantage of the terms of the law. According to IDF statistics, 2,000 haredi soldiers were serving in the army in 2011.

Before the Tal Law, yeshiva students who stopped studying full-time were immediately conscripted.

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