Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, Monday morning, that he opposed renewal of the Tal Law, which grants yeshiva students an exemption from military service to allow them to enter the labor force. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, the former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces referred to the biblical story of the prophet Bilaam, who intended to curse the Children of Israel and blessed them when he said, the law was intended to bless and ended up cursing because it singled out the hareidi-religious community for exemption. He said the law needed a lot of change.
Ya'alon said the Palestinian Authority (PA) was recognized around the world as being interested in perpetuating its conflict with Israel, adding that the PA had no intention of implementing the principle of two countries for two peoples. Responding to Sunday's charge by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that Israel brought nothing new to recent talks, the Deputy Prime Minister said the PA came to the talks against its will, refused to accept the proposal of the Quartet for Middle East peace, put preconditions on the talks and did everything to prevent real negotiations.