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Israeli High Court Rejects Appeal Against Exemption of Religious Persons from Military Service

December 24, 1981
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The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal against the coalition agreement between Likud and Agudat Israel which exempts religious persons from military service. The court held that the appellant, attorney Yehuda Ressler, failed to prove that not drafting religious persons prolonged his own military service.

Under the coalition agreement, the draft to which all Israelis are subjected to was waived for yeshiva students and teachers, Orthodox women and former secular persons who became Orthodox Jews. According to justices Yitzhak Kahan, Dov Levin and Yehuda Cohen, the burden of military service is not determined solely by the number of persons called to duty but by the specific function of every soldier.

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