Defense Minister Ehud Barak
informed the cabinet secretary on Thursday of his intention to propose that the Tal Law
be extended by one year and not five in Sunday's cabinet meeting. This, he hopes, will allow "drafting a new and relevant law while holding open dialogue with all the relevant elements."
Barak said the law had run its course and does not provide a solution for the issue it was meant to address – sharing the burden. "The leading principles in the new bill will be giving preference to the IDF both in selecting the appropriate people and enlisting them, and in rewarding soldiers in such a way that will enable them to pursue higher education and acquire a profession."
Meanwhile, high school seniors are planning to protest the expected extension by refusing to study on Sunday. Hundreds of students will not show up to class between 9 and 10:30 am.
More than 4,000 students have already signed a petition against the Tal Law. "This protest is spontaneous and non-violent," said Yotam Berger, a student from Jerusalem who initiated the protest.
The protesters are planning to remain in the hallways while their classes are meant to be held. "This is a declaration of intent, not a call for anarchy," Berger clarified. "I say to you Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
The Tal Law goes against everything you promised your voters, and if you don't abolish it you will be betraying your voters."