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Ben Gurion Urged to Draft Young Religious Women for Social Service

The left-wing parties in the Ben Gurion coalition Government have renewed their clamor for social service in immigrant settlements for young women exempted from military service on religious grounds, it was learned here today. No decision has yet been taken by the Cabinet.

The social service as an alternative for military duty was proposed two years ago, but the objections of the National Religious Party, then a member of the coalition, prevented any action. However, with the religious blue out of the government, it would appear that there is a better chance for the measure to gain acceptance.

Under the measure introduced originally in the Knesset, the religious young women would serve mainly in children’s programs under civilian supervision.