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  7/18/2012, Tammuz 28, 5772

Knesset Rejects New Mandatory Draft Bill


The Knesset on Wednesday voted against a new bill that would have ended draft deferments and exemptions for the military and national service. Twenty Members of Knesset voted in favor of the law, seventy-four voted against the law and four abstained. MK David Rotem of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) Party proposed the bill. He said that Arab Israelis, ful-time yeshiva students, teen celebrities and all Israeli citizens regardless of circumstances should be drafted. The proposal was made that if an individual refuses to be drafted, state benefits can be taken away. The bill is part of an ongoing debate on the issue of draft deferments which has been in the forefront of the media and Knesset deliberations this summer.