Rivlin Meets Leading Haredi Rabbi on Tal Law

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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin met on Thursday afternoon with leading ultra-Orthodox figure Rabbi Aharon Leib Schteinman to discuss a possible compromise for the replacement of the Tal Law regulating haredi enlistment in the army.

The Tal Law, which provided the legal framework for haredi men to indefinitely defer military service, was ruled illegal by the High Court of Justice in February.

There are currently approximately 60,000 full time yeshiva students who are of army service age but who have gained exemptions under the terms of the Tal Law.

During Thursday’s meeting, which took place at Shteinman’s home in Bnei Brak and was also attended by MKs Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev of the haredi United Torah Judaism party, Rivlin opined that the coming months would be a test for both the broader public and the haredi community “to reach an agreement and an understanding.”

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