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        2/20/2014, Adar 20, 5774

      Lapid Rejects Criticism on Hesder Active-Duty Increase


      Chairman Ya'ir Lapid of the Yesh Atid party rejected claims, Thursday, that his party yielded in limiting the increase in active duty for soldiers in the hesder yeshiva program to one additional month. The hesder program combines active duty with religious studies.

      Lapid told a news conference that he never hid the fact that he was not crazy about the idea, adding, "but when you make historic changes, you need to engage in politics." Noting that a few hundred people would be affected by the change, he said, "Religious Zionism is a public that serves in the most elite unites of the Israel Defense Forces. It's a working public, a public that pays taxes, a public that does reserve duty."