Yeshiva students

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
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