The Jewish Force party’s “the value of Zionism” bill was put on hold last week when chareidi MKs expressed concern that it would diminish the significance of Torah studies.
The “Nationality Law” passed by the previous Knesset was to be implemented through this bill.
A compromise reached with chareidi parties will be incorporated into the current version of the law, which will acknowledge the importance of Torah students within the parameters of the law.
The proposed bill aims to provide an advantage to persons who have served in the military in several fields, including acquiring lands and granting building permits in the Negev and Galilee.
Instead of damaging the Security Forces Law’s acknowledgment of the significance of the Torah study, the amended version will read “without doing so.”
The present law will include “the Druze population and other minorities serving in the IDF and security forces” to prevent the bill from being declared unconstitutional as discriminatory because it provides preference to the Jewish population.
Accordingly, the new law mandates that government officials “consider the value of Jewish settlement, including incentives for army graduates, including Druze and other minorities serving in the IDF, giving preference to combat soldiers, without harming the recognition of the importance of Torah study, when considering policies on construction on the Galilee and Negev.”
Jewish Force and chareidi leaders are presently in negotiation regarding the new law, which has not yet been submitted.