State Files for Extension of Current Draft Law

(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The state submitted a request Sunday to the High Court to postpone the deadline for a new military draft law for another seven months.

Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman last week told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would resign from the government if the High Court won’t extend the validity of the current draft law within a week, the end of the summer session in the Knesset.

Extending the current law – which was supposed to expire in September – for another few months, would allow additional time to work on amendments to the law and to present it to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah for their approval.

The petition states that “regulating the issue of enlisting yeshivah students is one of the most complex and sensitive issues facing Israeli society,” and thus needs more time to work on the legislation.