Barak: Yeshiva Students May Continue to Defer IDF Service

Defense Minister believes government should extend current Tal Law, says those who are not drafter should 'serve the community through national service.'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that the Tal Law, which allows full-time yeshiva students to defer military service, should be extended by a single year.

Barak, who spoke during a West Bank tour with GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi and other officers near Ramallah, said that the extension would give the government a chance to come up with a new solution.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, left, and IDF chief Benny Ganz during a tour of northern Israel on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Courtesy Ministry of Defense

“The Tal Law was passed ten years ago and extended five years ago. According to Barak, the law “has failed to live up to our expectations of it. We should extend it for another year, in which the problem can be sorted out.”

During the tour, Barak also emphasized that the burden of Israel’s security needs should be shared by everyone, and that those who are not drafted should be "compelled to serve the community through national service."

Barak further called for raising the pay for conscripts, specifically that of combatants.