The Plesner Committee

Bibi Faces Crisis Over Draft Law

Struggles to chart course between haredi and centrist parties on delicate issue of national service.

07/03/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In his first election after immigrating to Israel from Los Angeles, Avi Cohen, 26, voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now, amid a swirling national debate over integrating the fervently Orthodox into the army, Cohen says he’s reconsidering.

That’s because Netanyahu on Monday dissolved the Plesner Committee, a panel formed with the centrist Kadima party to formulate new legislation aimed at ending a universal draft exemption for fervently Orthodox yeshiva students.

Social protestors say Netanyahu, above, must confront haredi parties on yeshiva deferments. getty images
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