AG to cabinet secretary: Government acting to increase the burden on the serving public

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara speaks during a conference at the University of Haifa, December 15, 2022. (Shir Torem/ Flash90/ File)
Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara speaks during a conference at the University of Haifa, December 15, 2022. (Shir Torem/ Flash90/ File)

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara has sent a fiery response to Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs’s letter from earlier today on why the government failed to advance a proposal addressing the political hot potato of exemptions from military enlistment for ultra-Orthodox students.

The two-page response from Baharav-Miara’s office, which was signed by one of her deputies, calls Fuchs’s letter “misleading and full of inaccuracies,” and criticizes the original government proposal that did not set a quota of ultra-Orthodox men enlisting each year, saying it lacks the “minimal professional support.”

“We were not presented with any legal opinions or documents that show how the government intends to come up with an arrangement that will lead to increasing equality in the burden of [military] service,” the response says. “This is particularly significant when the government is acting to increase the burden on the serving public — both conscripts and reservists — and at the same time seeks to further delay the enlistment of yeshiva students.”

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