The special committee working to finalize the new IDF draft law convened Wednesday, 28 Tammuz, to discuss the law. The meeting comes amidst threats from Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman, and his demand to delay moving the law ahead and to request an extension from the High Court of Justice. Litzman has threatened to break from the coalition if his ultimatum is not adhered to.
During the discussion, the MKs discussed the paragraph dealing with the goal of the draft law when MK (Yesh Atid) Elazar Stern complained to MK (Likud) David Amsalem, chairman of the recruitment committee: “Why does the text say only the value of Torah study and not a word about the value of the service in the IDF? This is an ancient value, no less so than the study of Torah.”
A representative of the Defense Ministry’s legal bureau explained that the current wording of the purpose of the law is inconsistent with the purpose of the broad law, and MK Amsalem asked the legal advisor of the Defense Ministry to present a different version of the clause addressing the goal of the law, to mention the other principles alongside limud Torah.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)