Netanyahu: No IDF Deferment for Yeshiva Students

Prime Minister goes back on previous decision to extend Tal Law, one day after Ehud Barak calls for a one-year extension on the law and alternate national service for those who do not serve.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that he will not support extending a law which allows full-time yeshiva students to defer military service for another five years, two days after he said he said he sought to extend it.

Netanyahu, who landed in Holland on Wednesday, said that he will discuss the decision with his coalition and will push for government approval.

Netanyahu - Salman - 2011
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The announcement came one day after Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed his support for a one-year extension of what is known as the Tal Law.

Barak, who spoke on Monday 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.

“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.