Daily Israel Report

Will Tal Law's Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?

Thousands of hesder yeshiva students could lose their legal status unless a solution is found.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/5/2012, 5:18 PM

Hesder yeshiva (file)
Hesder yeshiva (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

When the Tal Law expires at the end of July, hesder yeshiva students whose national service track combines military service with Torah study will become, technically, "draft dodgers," alongside hareidim who received exemption from service based on the Tal Law.

The scenario is causing concern in the religious Zionist sector.

Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) will probably meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the coming days in order to find a solution that will differentiate between the hesder students and those of the other high yeshivas.

MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) asked Wednesday that the problem be solved and that a differentiation be made between the two groups, in order to avoid harming the hesder yeshivas. "I think that we must not agree to a situation in which, because of a controversy in the coalition, the Zionist yeshivas will be hurt. In my humble opinion, our position should be the ratification of a bill on his matter that we initiated some time ago. It is time to differentiate between the hareidi yeshivas that do not serve and the Zionist ones that serve in the IDF."

Source in the Hesder Yeshivas Federation said Thursday that it appears the problem will be solved, and that the hesder track will not be adversely affected.