A controversial Israeli law which allowed ultra-Orthodox Jews to defer military service, is to expire on Tuesday, leaving a legislative hole which could technically see them called up en masse.
When the 2002 Tal Law expires at midnight, conscription will be guided by previous legislation, meaning that all 18-year-old Israelis, including the ultra-Orthodox, will be compelled to enlist – unless they are specifically exempted by the defense ministry.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was to release a statement on the issue later on Tuesday, giving the military fresh orders in light of the expiry of the law.
In February, Israel’s High Court ruled that the Tal Law was unconstitutional and must be rewritten, prompting calls for a fairer system which would impose conscription or some other form of national service on the ultra-Orthodox as well as on Israel’s Arab minority.
But the question of how to reword the law has sparked deep divisions in the right-wing coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which failed to push through new legislation before the parliament broke up for its summer recess.
The center-right Kadima party pulled out of Netanyahu’s ruling coalition two weeks ago, just 70 days after joining it, saying that his draft legislation did not go far enough.
Party leader Shaul Mofaz said he was pulling out over Netanyahu’s refusal to accept the conclusions of a committee headed by Kadima MP Yohanan Plessner.
The departure of the 28-seat party, the largest in the 12-seat parliament, reduced Netanyahu’s overwhelming majority of 94 to 66 MPs.
Israel’s Arab youth have traditionally been exempted from military or national service by means of an unwritten Israeli policy.
But when parliament reconvenes in October after its summer break, attempts to push through fresh legislation compelling both Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox to complete some form of service, are likely to begin again in earnest.
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‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest
CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."
Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."
Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra
"Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers couldn't help but lambast the far-right Republicans angry that they're not being included in the depositions ahead of the impeachment hearings.
Wednesday, Republicans stormed a secure room known as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), because they seemed to misunderstand the difference between a deposition and a hearing. In Congressional hearings, witnesses will be presented for members of the committee to question. In a classified deposition, the witness can give information that is considered classified for security reasons. Oddly, some members who are allowed in the room were also protesting.
WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado
CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."