According to the latest draft of the new national service bill, which will be raised for approval in the Knesset next week, yeshiva students will be able to request to serve in positions in the Mossad, the Shin Bet security agency, Israel Police and the Witness Protection Authority.
The Knesset committee for equal service met yesterday to review the 28-page bill. The committee, headed by MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), read and voted on every clause of the bill.
According to the bill, yeshiva students who at the age of 18 received a deferment from military service, will at the age of 22 be drafted for military duty. The Israel Defense Forces will be within its legal right to draft yeshiva students. However, those whom IDF deems unfit to serve, for various reasons, will be able to complete national service in one of two categories: "national-civil" or "security-civil."
In the security-civil service category, yeshiva students will have the following options: Israel Police, Israel Fire and Rescue Services, Israel Prison Service, Magen David Adom emergency services, the Environmental Protection Ministry's Green Police, Witness Protection Authority, Public Security Ministry, Shin Bet and Mossad.
Yeshiva students who opt for national-civil service may find themselves at various ministries -- among them, Health, Social Affairs and Social Services and Homefront Defense -- or at the National Insurance Institute, the Knesset, the President's Residence, or other local authority and government offices.
Sources in the Knesset committee for equal service said the yeshiva students serving in either the Shin Bet or Mossad, both of which require high security clearance, would not fulfill operational roles in the field; rather, they would be charged with administrative tasks.
As Israel Hayom reported earlier, volunteering at Chabad missions around the world would also be considered national service.