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  1/28/2013, Shevat 17, 5773

Yishai: Compromise Possible on Hareidi Service


Co-chairman Eli Yishai of the Sephardic hareidi-religious Shas party told Kol Yisrael government radio, Monday, that his party was prepared for some flexibility regarding military or volunteer service for the hareidi community but made it clear that it must be by agreement and not by force. His comments echoed what he and fellow co-chairman Aryeh Der'i said on Sunday, at the first meeting of the faction since last week's Knesset elections.

The interior minister's remarks also connected to statements made, recently, by senior Likud party officials, that it was possible to reach agreement between Shas and the Yesh Atid party about equalizing the burden of national service between the hareidi and non-hareidi communities. An agreement will apparently be reached on the basis of an outline by former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon, which calls for ceilings on induction into the Israel Defense Forces and national volunteer service.