LIGNET: Israel’s Draft Law Causes Rift

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 01:43 PM

By Maria Santos

The Israeli government is facing a court order to rewrite the long-contested draft law, but its attempts to rework the law are jeopardizing the unity of the coalition government.

Israel’s draft now exempts most ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs from Army service, and both ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs strongly oppose reforms to the law. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to juggle objections and threats from all sides. The success of his efforts will hinge on decisions he makes this week.

The Israeli Supreme Court pronounced the current draft law unconstitutional in February and ordered that it must be replaced by August 1. Members of the Knesset voted on July 8 in favor of Netanyahu’s proposal to draft a new law that would begin universal conscription, but many questions remain on specific implementation strategies, particularly regarding the drafting of Arab citizens.

According to the LIGNET analysis: "Despite the court order to reform the 'Tal Law,' immediate universal conscription may not be possible. The change will have to be gradual and very carefully handled. The debate over this issue concerns hugely controversial questions about the very identity of Israel and its people and is not likely to be resolved by any compromise that will satisfy all parties."

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