There is no room to compromise on the demand that all Israeli Jewish men be equally obligated to serve in the military, MK Rabbi Shai Piron of Yesh Atid said Sunday.
Speaking to Reshet Bet radio, Rabbi Piron said the hareidi-religious community in Israel must decide whether or not it wants to be part of the state of Israel and the Israeli economy. Israeli society is in the midst of a determining its identity, he said, and the question of hareidi enlistment is central to that process.
In recent years most men in the hareidi community took advantage of the Tal law, which provided an automatic deferral of service to men studying Torah full-time. In 2012 the Tal law was ruled discriminatory by the Supreme Court, and the law is no longer in effect.