A-G Weinstein Approves Inequalities in ‘Equalizing the Burden’

YERUSHALAYIM -

Despite inequalities in a new military draft law ostensibly designed to “equalize the burden,” Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday said that it would pass legal muster, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Weinstein had earlier expressed doubt about its legality, since it provides for differences in service terms; chareidim would have a right to defer service at age 18-21, which most citizens cannot do.

However, the attorney general reasoned, since the long-term objective of the law is greater equality, it could be sanctioned.

Regarding the extension of Hesder yeshivah student service from 16 to 17 months, considerably less than the 3 years demanded of regular recruits and chareidim, Weinstein deferred judgment.

Noting that the new draft scheme is not slated for full implementation until 2017, he said there was time to deal with the issue at a later stage.

Regarding increasing women’s service in the IDF from 24 to 28 months, Weinstein also said he would delay deciding.