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Netanyahu faces Israel coalition crisis over drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews – POLITICO

Netanyahu faces Israel coalition crisis over drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews – POLITICO

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of state subsidies for ultra-Orthodox Jews studying in yeshivas instead of doing military service. The ruling could have far-reaching consequences for Netanyahu’s government and for the tens of thousands of religious men who currently are exempt from mandatory military service.

The court ruling came just days ahead of an April 1 deadline for the Israeli government to agree on a new law to allow the ultra-Orthodox community to avoid being drafted, according to media reports. The government is debating a bill which reportedly seeks to strike a compromise by allowing exemptions with limitations.

It is the most serious threat to Netanyahu’s government since he cobbled together a shaky national unity administration in the days after the Oct. 7 attack by the Hamas militant group.

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