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Cabinet expected to discuss ultra-Orthodox conscription bill at upcoming meeting

Illustrative: Soldiers of the IDF's ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda Battalion sit in a field at the Peles Military Base, in the Northern Jordan Valley. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Illustrative: Soldiers of the IDF's ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda Battalion sit in a field at the Peles Military Base, in the Northern Jordan Valley. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Government ministers will convene tomorrow at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv for a cabinet meeting, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Ministers are expected to discuss a bill formalizing exemptions from compulsory military service for many members of the ultra-Orthodox community, according to the Walla news site.

Unnamed senior coalition officials are quoted in the report saying that if the age up to which deferments are commonly granted isn’t lowered from 24 to 21 in the version of the bill that ends up winning government approval, they will seek to include that clause during the legislative process in the Knesset.

Ministers are also expected to discuss military pensions during tomorrow’s meeting, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

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