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  7/2/2013, Tammuz 24, 5773

A-G: Hesder Yeshiva Arrangement Discriminatory


Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein submitted a legal opinion, Tuesday morning, to the Perry Committee on increasing hareidi national service, in which he said there was a judicial difficulty with portions of the committee's legislation dealing with the hesder yeshiva program, which combines military service and advanced Jewish studies. He noted the bill's requirement of 17 months of active duty for participants in the program, compared to two years for other yeshiva students.

At the same time, Weinstein said he would defend the proposal before the Supreme Court and that the current arrangement could continue for four years during the period of adjustment to the new law. It appears that a clause will be added to the bill calling for the length of hesder active-duty to be reviewed in four years as a way of helping the attorney general defend it before the High Court.