Tal Law

Ex-Chief Rabbi Suggests Yeshiva Students Leave Israel To Avoid Draft

01/08/2013

 

Ovadia Yosef, a former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, said haredi Orthodox yeshiva students may have to leave the country to avoid being forced into military or national service.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Temporary Draft Exemption For Yeshiva Students

New rule expires in August; provides framework for yeshiva students to join National Service Program.

12/10/2012

Israel's Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft.

The exemption, passed Sunday in the wake of the expiration of the Tal Law that had allowed haredi men to defer army service, provides a framework for the yeshiva students to join the National Service program in place of being drafted into the military. It was proposed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz.

Ultra-Orthodox children wear handcuffs as they protest military conscription in Israel. Getty Images

Getting Israel Back On Track

Despite its startup nation reputation, the Jewish state faces some academic hurdles. Education Minister Gideon Saar says progress is on the books.

Assistant Managing Editor
08/21/2012

Gideon Saar was appointed Israel’s education minister in March, 2009. The Tel Aviv native, 45, received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Tel Aviv University and was elected to the Knesset as a member of Likud in 2003. Three years later, he was appointed deputy speaker.

Saar: Return values to educational system. michael datikash

Barak Orders IDF To Draft Ultra-Orthodox

08/01/2012

 

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.

The Associated Press reported that Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription.

A Coalition Collapses

07/17/2012
Editorial

So much for Israel’s coalition government, which lasted all of two months.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday that he was taking his party and its 28 Knesset seats out of the government over the failure to reach a compromise on the proposed draft law that would have done away with many of the existing exemptions for haredim and Arab Israelis.

Civic Service In Israeli Life

07/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

National service is in the news, given the finding by Israel’s Supreme Court that the Tal Law, which grants army exemption to ultra-Orthodox young men of draft age, is not constitutional.

As a new draft law is being hammered out, Israel is grappling with the fact that 400 Torah scholars who benefited from Ben-Gurion’s exemption in 1949 have become 58,000 today.

Nessa Rapoport

Kadima Set To Leave Gov't After Breakdown In Draft-Law Talks

07/17/2012

The Kadima party will likely leave Israel's government coalition after negotiations with Likud over a universal draft bill broke down.

With the talks reportedly ending Tuesday morning, Kadima scheduled a faction meeting for the evening to discuss its future in the government coalition, according to  Israeli media reports. It appears likely that Kadima will pull out of the coalition some 70 days after joining it.

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

Netanyahu Disbands Haredi-Draft Committee

07/02/2012

 

raeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded the committee charged with formulating a new law on haredi Orthodox military service.

The dissolution of the Plesner Committee comes after the resignation of several of its members, including from the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party.

“Unfortunately, the Plesner Committee did not succeed in reaching an agreed-upon outline and it cannot formulate recommendations that would achieve a majority in the Knesset,” he said, according to Israeli reports.

Haredim Rally Against Draft In Jerusalem

06/26/2012
Thousands of haredi Orthodox held a prayer rally to protest the forced enlistment of yeshiva students. The early Monday morning demonstration by men, women and children was organized by the Eda Haredit organization in Jerusalem. Participants reportedly read psalms and lamentations. The protest came as the Plesner Committee was meeting to find an alternative to the Tal Law, which grants military exemptions to haredi Orthodox Israeli men. The law is set to expire next month, and it is believed the committee will call for the required draft of haredi Orthodox men.
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