On Monday morning, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation passed the controversial IDF draft bill exempting ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from drafting into the military.

Netanyahu and Litzman

Netanyahu and Litzman Photo Credit: Flash90

It was announced on Monday morning that the controversial draft bill, which was updated after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox coalition partners reached a compromise, has passed the Ministerial Committee for Legislation vote.

The bill passed at a 2-1 majority. Shortly thereafter, Yisrael Beiteinu appealed the vote. A preliminary Knesset reading is scheduled for the bill on Wednesday. The bill can pass the preliminary reading without Yisrael Beiteinu’s support. However, it is expected to undergo changes before its second and third reading.

The changes to the bill will be made in coordination with Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and the Defense Ministry. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and his party, Yisrael Bieteinu, have vehemently condemned the bill and even threatened to step down from the coalition if the bill is passed, meaning that the threat of an early election still looms over the country.