Gantz has requested that Israel’s Supreme Court delay the date they set for legislating the Draft Law. Lapid responds: He has given into the Ultra-Orthodox demands on the topic of the IDF draft.

Tuesday, 9.6.2020, it was published that Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense MK Benny Gantz (Blue and White) asked Israel’s Supreme Court to delay the date set for deciding the Draft Law.

The Supreme Court had set the deadline for passing the Draft Law for 16.6.2020.

For the past few days, talks have been taking place between Minister of Defence Benny Gantz and members of the Ultra-Orthodox parties. The possibility of passing the Draft Law as it passed in first reading at the objection of the Ultra-Orthodox parties was raised. This possibility would mean that corrections to the law agreed upon in coalition negotiations would be passed later.

Ultra-Orthodox representatives, including Minister Aryeh Deri, MK Moshe Gafni, and deputy Minister Uri Maklev, objected and demanded that the law be passed with the corrections already in place. This would take days to do and so the time before the deadline set by the Supreme Court is insufficient.

This caused Gantz to seek an extension prompting Opposition Leader MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid-Telem) to respond via Twitter:

It is sad to see a former Chief of Staff of the IDF ask the country for time to try to explain why he is giving in to Ultra-Orthodox demands on the issue of the IDF draft […] Only patsys will continue to serve and all of this courtesy of Minister of Defense Gantz and Foreign Minister Ashkenazi”.

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