A ministerial committee will deliberate Sunday on a bill that caused a storm of controversy in the past, proposing special benefits be provided to veterans. The proposal, promoted by MK Yariv Levin (Likud Beiteinu),
was struck down following an appeal filed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni,
but now it will be put on the table again, after adjustments were made. The essence of the law has not changed.
The bill states that veterans
will receive benefits including private sector hiring preference and acceptance into student dorms, that those serving in the military or civil service be granted precedence in state tenders for the allocation of land for housing, and that soldiers in uniform be favored in services and entry into places of entertainment and public buildings.
"The purpose of the proposal is to ensure that those who contribute to the State receive the rights they deserve," the draft stated. "The State of Israel
is in continual struggle to survive, and all citizens should take part and help protect and strengthen the State.”
In the proposal, Levin argues that the law is necessary because there are those who deliberately refrain from taking part "and show a disloyalty and a lack of commitment to defending the State's very existence." Levin
said that the legislation will create a situation in which the preferential treatment will be considered acceptable, and not discriminatory. "Appropriate consideration will be given for those who contributed to the State," the bill noted, stressing that benefits will also be provided to national service volunteers and civil service workers.
MK Levin, who was previously criticized by the opposition for the proposal, made a number of changes to it, together with the Knesset's legal adviser, attorney Eyal Yinon, in order to stand the test of law. If the proposal is passed, it will be soon be put up for approval in a preliminary reading before the Knesset
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