Israeli Supreme Court canceled lenient amendments to recruitment of Haredi Jews to IDF

Today, the Israeli Supreme Court instructed to cancel the amendment to the Recruitment Law that was made by the Haredi parties in 2015 and was extremely lenient to Ultra-Orthodox Jews who didn’t want to serve in the IDF.
Haredi protest against recruitment Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), the Israeli Supreme Court accepted the appeal against the amendment to the Recruitment Law for Ultra-Orthodox Jews and ordered to cancel it within a year. According to the Supreme Court, the amendment to the legislation made by the Haredi parties is “disproportionate and unconstitutional.”

“When examining the amendments of the law,” the judges wrote, "We found that there is a deep failure in its ability to realize the goal of significantly reducing the inequality in the distribution of the burden of military service.”

After canceling the Tal Law, which enabled the exemption of military service to yeshiva students, the government passed the new Recruitment Law in 2014. In 2015, the Haredi parties amended the law after the government was changed. The Movement for Quality Government in Israel appealed the amendment several times.

According to the appeal, the changed law “is incompatible with the principle of equality” and the petitioners demanded that the government implement the Recruitment Law in its original version.



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