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  2/20/2012, Shevat 27, 5772

Rivlin: No Shortcuts to Extension of Tal Law


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told the Knesset presidium, Monday, that he was adopting the position of Knesset legal advisor Eyal Ynon that the extension of the Tal Law, granting exemptions from the military to draft-age yeshiva students, will not rely solely on Knesset discussion and a vote, but on discussions and voting in Knesset committees. Rivlin said he was taking this position despite the atmosphere building up to Knesset elections about a year from now.

While the law involves the military, the speaker said the extension did not necessarily have to be discussed by the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. It could be discussed by a joint committee or a special committee. In case of disagreement, the Knesset's House Committee will decided to which committee the bill will be passed.