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The government on Sunday passed a bill in the first reading, which aims to combat the phenomenon of girls avoiding being drafted into the IDF by pretending to be religious. The bill calls for surveillance of the young women after they are released from the IDF. Speaking against the bill, Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman said that the bill would cause a coalition crisis if it is put into law. MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), former deputy director of the Shabak (Israel Security Service) and head of the Knesset Caucus for the Reduction of Draft Evasion, responded through a statement Sunday night to the proposed law meant to combat false claims of religious lifestyle as a means to avoid mandatory military service. In response to the proposal that private citizens be under surveillance, Hasson said, "The army should not be the body determining who is religious and keeping kosher and Shabbat. Furthermore the army can't be following private citizens through the use of private investigation companies in a society pretending to be democratic."