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Yisrael Beytenu: Enlist Arabs, Too

Lieberman's party unhappy with Perry C'tee recommendations, wants Arabs to serve as well.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/23/2013, 7:40 PM

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Yisrael Beytenu faction, headed by MK Avigdor Lieberman, is unhappy with the recommendations of the Perry Committee on equal IDF service for all. The faction wants the Committee to address the matter of Arab enlistment, and demands that the necessary budget for enforcing Arab enlistment this be included in the bill that the government is set to discuss.

The faction's representative in the Perry Committee, Minister of Public Security, Yitzchak Aharonovich, said Thursday that “While the bill includes important provisions that Yisrael Beitenu insisted upon, including lengthening the period of service o the Hesder yeshiva soldiers, and criminal sanctions against draft evaders, it still lacks meaningful elements, regarding the sources for the budget that will pay for implementation of the law, and regarding the service of minorities, regarding whom the law should say that they, too will be recruited after a 5 year transition period.”

Aharonovich said that for this reason, if the bill is brought before the cabinet for a vote Sunday in its present form, all of the Yisrael Beytenu ministers will vote against it.

Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelach said in response the people who are bringing up the matter of the Arabs are “wronging” the Arabs and doing so in order to avoid dealing with the matter of hareidi draft avoidance.