Arutz 7 is reporting that MK Ami Ayalon (Labor) announced Monday that Chareidi Yeshiva students will be part of an emergency network. Ayalon has held several meetings with Chareidi Rabbis and heads of Yeshivot, who have agreed in principle to integrate their students into an emergency network which would act to defend the country in time of war.
The new proposal is part of a larger debate over the future of the Tal Law, which is meant to encourage yeshiva students to enter the workforce. According to the Tal Law, Chareidi Yeshiva students, who usually choose not to serve in the army, have one year in which to learn or work. When the year ends, they must choose to either study in yeshiva or enter an abbreviated term of military service. The Tal Law went into effect in 2002, and is set to expire in July.