Report: Haredi parties to demand changes to Draft Law

New report details haredi parties' requirements for approving Draft Law.

Ben Shaul,

Haredi near draft office
Haredi near draft office
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The Knesset's haredi parties are expected to present their demands for changes to the proposed Draft Law within the coming few weeks.

Israel's Knesset has until December to approve a new Draft Law. The current bill passed its first reading in July, but has not advanced since then due to opposition by the haredi parties.

The law determines recruitment targets for haredim, which grow in number every year, and imposes economic sanctions on yeshivas that do not meet these recruitment targets. Another clause states that the law will be repealed if the haredim fail to meet the recruitment targets for three consecutive years

The haredi parties are expected to demand three main things: The first demand will be a reduction in the fines for yeshivas who do not meet the recruitment requirements.

Currently, yeshivas must reach at least 85% of the recruitment goal in order to avoid fines. The parties' second demand is expected to be that the government lower the number of draftees required to avoid fines.

Their third demand will be to raise the number of consecutive years yeshivas can fail to meet the recruitment requirements before the Draft Law is canceled and replaced with a harsher law.


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