The Tal Law, which enables full-time yeshiva students to be exempted from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitarian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists.
"The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Benjamin Netanyahu told representatives of reservist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment."
In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion made an accommodation for full-time yeshiva students to serve their country by studying Torah rather than enlisting in the army. There were only 400 such young men at the time, and Ben-Gurion believed the number would diminish.