News Brief 7/13/2012, Tammuz 23, 5772
Professionals to Discuss Hareidi Draft
Attorney Alon Gellert was scheduled to represent the Kadima party and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's confidant, attorney David Shimron, the Likud, Friday morning, as talks continued to develop a replacement to the Tal Law, which granted draft deferments to full-time Torah scholars, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio. The negotiations followed an hour-and-a-half meeting, Thursday evening, between Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz.
The main issue on which the parties do not agree is the maximum age for exemption from the draft: Kadima is demanding that the exemption expire at age 23. The Likud is calling to keep the exemption until age 26.