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< US - UNESCO Nativity Church
Jul 03, 2012 13:13
Category: Religious News

Isreal - Draft

     JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's prime minister has dissolved a
high-profile committee assigned to reform the country's military
draft law to spread the burden among more sectors of society.
     Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are exempt from
compulsory military service. Israel's Supreme Court recently ruled
the current exemption system illegal and ordered the government to
come up with an alternative by July 31.
     Benjamin Netanyahu says the committee would not be able to
compose legislation that would be approved by parliament. A key
party quit the body after a proposal to require Israel's minority
Arabs to do civilian service was softened.
     In a statement Monday, Netanyahu said he was still committed to
an "equal sharing of the burden."
     The ultra-Orthodox claim they serve the state by serving God.