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Gantz resubmits Haredi conscription bill after it fails first vote

Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a vote on the ultra-Orthodox draft bill, at the Knesset, on January 17, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a vote on the ultra-Orthodox draft bill, at the Knesset, on January 17, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz resubmits the IDF conscription bill that failed in a first vote yesterday.

The bill is expected to come up for a vote again next week. The vote yesterday failed 54-54, after Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi voted against, breaking coalition discipline. According to reports, Zoabi is expected to vote in favor this time around.

The legislation is aimed at lowering the age at which members of the ultra-Orthodox community can be exempted from military service. The High Court has demanded that the government advance efforts to legislate clear rules on the IDF recruitment of Haredi yeshiva students.

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