Chairwoman Ayelet Shaked of the Committee on Equal Burden of Service and committee member Ofer Shelah rejected, Tuesday, criticism of the committee's vote to cut four months off the mandatory period of service for non-combat male soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. Calling reports of the defense establishment's reaction "misleading and tendentious", they said the cut was part of the government's bill for equal burden of service.
Claiming the IDF does not need all the soldiers that will enlist for the entire three-year period currently on the books, the two lawmakers said the military will be compensated by the savings it realizes from the shorter service. They added that by the time the law goes into effect, more hareidi-religious men will be serving in the army. They said an alternative to lengthening women's service is being studied, citing what they called conflicts in female service beyond two years.