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Protest tent in Tel Aviv Photo: Moti Kimchi
Protest tent in Tel Aviv Photo: Moti Kimchi
'Discuss law immediately.' Aharonovitch Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
'Discuss law immediately.' Aharonovitch Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

Yisrael Beiteinu slams PM over Tal Law

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch says postponing discussion on extension of law is like 'throwing sand in eyes of public'

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 01.28.12, 19:06 / Israel News

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch lashed out at the decision to postpone a government discussion on the Tal Law, which exempts yeshiva students from military service.


Speaking at a Yisrael Beiteinu party meeting, Aharonovitch said, "We must hold a real discussion and reach a situation in which military and civilian service are shared by all of the State's citizens.


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"The decision to transfer the discussion to the Knesset and postpone it by several months is like throwing sand in the eyes of the public," he said.


Responding to the government's plan to extend the Tal Law, activists set up a protest tent outside the central bus station in Tel Aviv. On Friday, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan visited the tent and told activists that "Israeli voters will settle the account with the politicians who vote in favor of extending the Tal Law."


Members of Yisrael Beiteinu also visited the protest camp to show support, National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau saying that his party will not agree to extend the law – "not by a year and not by a single hour."


Yoav Zitun contributed to this report






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