On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, as a result of the High Court of Justice ruling, there will be no more Tal Law. With the failure of the government to legislate a new law by the July 31, 2012 deadline, the chareidi tzibur no longer enjoys a legal draft deferment and as such, the IDF simply has to decide how many chareidi inductees it wishes to draft and send out draft notices.
Realizing the seriousness of the current situation and the political backlash that may follow, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at the end of the winter session announced he will call as special summer session to address a new Tal Law if such a bill is presented.
The Defense Ministry seems prepared to send draft notices to 1,500 chareidim by the end of 2012 in addition to 1,200 entering national service.
Speaking to Israel Radio on Monday afternoon, when asked to address the new reality Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated “I imagine that I will turn to defense ministry officials to probe the matter and advise me as how to act”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)