While one of the ‘share the burden’ options available to chareidi is an approved national service, that option will no longer be available come December 1, 2013, in about 20 days.
Shalom Jerbi, who heads the National Service Authority, reminds MKs that if the new chareidi draft law, the one replacing the Tal Law is not passed by month’s end, his authority’s mandate expires and he will no longer be legally permitted to accept chareidi volunteers.
Srugim quotes Jerbi stating he fears if this occurs, and at present it appears likely, the impressive progress made, which is evident by the sharp increase in the number of chareidi volunteers, will be lost. He feels “the damage that will result will be irreparable”.
Jerbi explains that an induction candidate that turns to his authority to check out the national service option will be told “Sorry but this is no longer an option”.
Jerbi turned to MK Ayelet Shaked, who heads the committee finalizing the bill to prepare it for its second and third readings, to use “the full force of your influence to have the law passed by month’s end to avoid dire consequences.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)