The petitioners claim that the government's decision on the matter takes away the defense minister's authority to make the call on the issue, contradicts a law postponing IDF service to yeshiva students, and forces the minister to approve civil service.
"This decision deepens discrimination, inequality and offense to the basic rights of those who must carry the burden of army service," the petition says.
It further claims that the decision creates a situation where the defense establishment loses the ability to recruit eligible soldiers.
"In effect it sidelines security considerations in lin with the wishes of a specific group in society while favoring narrow political considerations over the country's best interest, its social resilience and security."
The petitioners also noted the problematic nature of the exemption in light of the constant drop in the number of youths enlisting to the IDF.
For this reason, the petitioners are motioning the court to issue an injunction that would delay the implementation of the decision, which is slated to go into effect next month.
Ari Galahar contributed to this report
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