Haredi Draft Exemption Stirs Political Uproar
The government’s approval of an IDF draft exemption to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students caused a political uproar Sunday, with harsh criticism leveled at the decision from both the Left and the Right.
The exemption was approved by the ministers following a proposal by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, to renew National Service draft for a limited period.
The exemption means to resolve the issue, following the expiration of Tal Law. The government voted in favor of special National Service guidelines that will circumvent a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter and will see some 1,300 yeshiva students join the National Service in lieu of enlisting in the army.