Ultra-Orthodox Jews resist military service

Government considers controversial proposal to stop granting seminary students exemptions from army duty.

    An official Israeli committee has handed the government its proposal for ending a contentious system that grants Jewish ultra-Orthodox seminary students automatic exemptions from military service.

    These exemptions have generated widespread resentment in a country where military service is compulsory for Jewish citizens.

    Public anger over the exemptions was a central issue in January elections and helped propel the centrist Yesh Atid party to a strong showing.

    Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson reports from Jerusalem.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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