A bill based on the Perry Committee recommendations for expanding hareidi-religious military and civilian national service is scheduled to have the first of three readings in the Knesset on Monday. The proposal would authorize the government to determine the number of draft-age yeshiva students to be inducted on an increasing annual basis, with economic incentives and sanctions. The targets must be met by 2017 or aspects of the national security-service law will be applied for the first time to the yeshiva community.
Science Minister Ya'akov Perry, who headed the committee, said the legislation represents an historic change affecting one of the most complex and emotional issues in Israeli society. He added that the responsibility for implementing the reform rested on the representatives of the public in the Knesset.