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  2/11/2014, Adar 11, 5774

MK Shelah: Only We Had the Guts to Propose Service Cut


Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah on Monday praised the IDF's decision to cut army service from 36 to 32 months, calling it “the first step in the achievement of the balance that I presented to Yair Lapid two years ago for equality in service.” It was due to Yesh Atid's actions in pushing for hareidi yeshiva students to serve in the IDF that was partially responsible for the cut in service.

Shelah said that the government had already decided eight years ago to cut service requirements for soldiers, “but no party had the guts to propose legislation to do this.” Now, with the pending legislation to require most 18 year olds in the hareidi community to serve in the IDF, “there is an improved basis for security, for the economy, and for society.” With the extra manpower, all soldiers could serve for less time, making service easier and more attractive for all. “The defense establishment realized this a long time ago,” he said.