Knesset Approves Plan to Reduce Mandatory IDF Service For Male Soldiers

The Jerusalem Post reports: A plan to reduce military service of male soldiers by two months, from 32 to 30, was approved Monday by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect in July 2020. The reduction in service would follow the change in mandatory service time from 36 months to 32 months passed two years ago.

Committee member Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) praised the decision, saying that not only would it double the salaries of conscripts, but “the security needs of Israel will not be hurt, as combat troops and special forces soldiers will have the possibility to extend their service.”

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