Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Serve In Israeli Military; Law Approved By Israeli Cabinet

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By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, July 7 (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition. Many Israelis have long bridled over state priveleges handed to the conservative believers or “Haredim” – a Hebrew term meaning “those who tremble before God”. The debate heated up when elections in January saw strong performances for two parties who campaigned against the exemptions and created the first cabinet in a decade without ultra-Orthodox members. Most Israeli men and women are called up for military service for up to three years when they…

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