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Israeli court halts subsidies for ultra-Orthodox, deepening turmoil over mandatory military service

Israeli court halts subsidies for ultra-Orthodox, deepening turmoil over mandatory military service

BY MELANIE LIDMAN, AP

Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered an end to government subsidies for many ultra-Orthodox men who do not serve in the army — a blockbuster ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for the government and the tens of thousands of religious men who refuse to take part in mandatory military service.

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Most Jewish men are required to serve nearly three years in the military, followed by years of reserve duty. Jewish women serve two mandatory years.

But the politically powerful ultra-Orthodox, who make up roughly 13% of Israeli society, have traditionally received exemptions while studying full time in religious seminaries…

 

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