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FEB 05, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Israel To Cut Orthodox Seminary Funding Over Lack Of Military Enlistment

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's finance minister says he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries whose students do not enlist into the military. Yair Lapid's announcement Wednesday was in response to an order from the Israeli Supreme Court. Ultra-Orthodox Jews have for years been exempt from military service, which is compulsory for Jewish Israelis. The arrangement has caused widespread resentment among Israel's secular majority and featured prominently in last year's election. A new system that would gradually reduce the number of exemptions and require all to register for service ... Read More

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