Individuals who completed army or national service, or who are still active in the Israel Defense Forces reserves, can receive preferential treatment for having "contributed to the state," according to an amended bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
The bill was proposed by Coalition Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud-Beytenu) and drafted along with Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon. The bill was scheduled for a Knesset vote on Wednesday.
According to the proposal, it would not be discriminatory to give preference for, among other things, employment, student dormitories or buying land, to IDF reservists or those who completed military or national service.
Levin, the coalition chairman, touted the bill as "promoting a more equitable society."
"This is the first step on the road toward a truly equitable burden," he said. Recent legislation attempting to enlist greater numbers of haredim and Israeli Arabs was also promoted under the banner of "spreading the burden" of military service.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein said they were opposed to Levin's bill. Weinstein determined it would "endanger the right to equality."
Most Arab Israelis do not serve in the military or national service.