The Committee pointed out that the Equal Burden Law approved a section stating that military service for men will be shortened from 36 months to 32 months. MK Moti Yogev stated, “We are still weeping over this section.” The IDF stated, “The shortened service was agreed upon as part of an extension in women’s service.”


Soldiers Photo Credit: IDF Spokespersons Office

The Equal Burden Committee headed by MK Ayelet Shaked, which points to the outline of the new law, approved today the shortening of military service for men from 36 months to 32 months.

The committee met to work out an agreement between the various coalition members in an attempt to formulate a bill to pass in the Knesset and regulate the issue of recruiting Haredim into the IDF. The central issues where there is still disagreement are the issue of criminal sanctions, the recruitment of women, and special conscription arrangements like the Hesder yeshivas.

MK Moti Yogev stated in response to the approval of shortening military service for men: “We are still weeping over this section. It is said that this section wasn’t professional and is responsible for causing severe shortages in fighters and technicians in the IDF. The economic and security aspects aren’t being examined. It is a pity that Yesh Atid values equality over the security of the State of Israel. Who can bridge the gap now? Foreign workers?”

General Gadi Agmon stated that the “shortening of the sentence was agreed upon as part of a range of extending women’s service and without which it would not be possible to shorten the service for men.”   The section on conscription contains with it the issue of criminal sanctions, which is the main area of dispute and will be voted on next week, following efforts to reach an agreement on this issue.