Minister Moshe Yaalon
Minister Moshe YaalonIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon has decided to defer the conscription of hundreds of orthodox yeshiva students until at least December, due to the ongoing deliberations regarding Israel’s new draft-reform bill.

The enlistment of five hundred and sixty yeshiva students, set to be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in August, has been delayed, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein said, announcing the decision.

Yaalon had ordered that deferral letters be mailed on August 6 absent a court order to the contrary.

In February 2012 the High Court of Justice ruled that the exemption of ultra-orthodox yeshiva students from serving in the military was unconstitutional, tasking the government with drafting a new law.