The High Court ruled that the law exempting yeshiva students will be cancelled within a year, providing the time to study the implications of the change.
Published on the 12th of September 2017 in Haaretz
The High Court of Justice on Tuesday struck down the law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from compulsory military service while they are studying in yeshiva.
The court said the ruling would take effect within a year.
An expanded nine-justice panel of the court headed by outgoing Supreme Court President Miriam Naor ruled eight to one, with Justice Noam Sohlberg dissenting. The decisive majority of justices agreed with the position of the petitioners, the Movement for Quality Government, that the law perpetuates inequality between secular youths who are required to enlist in the army and religious youth who are exempt.
The justices examined the data on the draft, and their analysis shows that the rate of yeshiva students enlisting in the military or doing civilian national service was lower in those years when the present legal arrangement for exemptions was in force. The number of Haredi yeshiva students enlisting was extremely small and did not exhibit any significant change, as required by the law, said the justices.