JERUSALEM (AP) — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister has ruled that ultra-Orthodox Jewish men will be drafted into the military like most other Israelis — but it could take time.
Ehud Barak appeared to be buying time on the politically explosive order by giving the military a month to craft a plan to implement it.
Barak issued the order hours before a law that exempts tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men from serving was due to expire.
The government is struggling to find a formula to end the exemptions but has been unable to bridge differences between religious and secular parties in the ruling coalition.
Some ultra-Orthodox men vowed Tuesday to go to jail rather than cut short their religious studies to serve. Others sounded skeptical that Barak would enforce the law.