Tal Law Facing Easy Vote as MKs Heed Public Apathy

The Tal Law will be passed tomorrow with surprising ease. Only eight years ago, drafting yeshiva boys was a key promise of Ehud Barak's campaign for prime minister. Today the law will be approved by a large majority, and the MKs know they will pay a low public price, if at all.

As far as is known, not only are there no plans for a mass demonstration across from the Knesset; there won't even be a protest vigil. If there is a reflection of the public's sense of apathy and lost ability to have an impact on matters, it is the attitude, and perhaps lack of attitude, toward the Tal Law.

If interest in the Tal Law was low until now, then the gambit the Knesset pulled off yesterday lowered it still further. The debate was scheduled for yesterday afternoon when only a few MKs were left in the plenum. That's how you guarantee a quiet and boring debate. The vote was set for today, but the voting process does not involve yelling and heckling.

The law will be supported today not only by the coalition factions (with the exception of Labor holdouts Ami Ayalon, Ophir Pines-Paz and Eitan Cabel), but also the right-wing parties National Union and Likud. If the coalition can support this, then so can we, a Likud member says.