Gallant hints he won’t support latest draft law proposal backed by Netanyahu

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant hints that he will not support the current draft law suggested by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“My position has not changed. Any draft law that will be acceptable by all parts of the coalition I will support. And a draft law that will be brought unilaterally by some of the coalition factions, I will not [allow it to pass] and the defense establishment will not advance it,” he says in response to a question at a press conference.

The latest proposal suggested by Netanyahu earlier today would lower the age of deferment for yeshiva students, a bill that was first proposed by then-defense minister Benny Gantz in 2022.

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