The Knesset Committee to Advance Equality in Sharing the Burden, headed by MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), was scheduled to discuss the possible recruitment of ultra-Orthodox men to different positions in the police force on Sunday.
The committee has been tasked with formulating an alternative to the Tal Law, which essentially exempts ultra-Orthodox Jews from mandatory military service and which has been ruled unconstitutional and is set to expire next month. The committee aims to devise an alternative that would see all citizens contribute some type of service, whether military or civilian.
The committee was also expected to discuss expanding the number of positions available for ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces.
"The committee will conduct an in-depth study of the possibility of establishing military and security related tracks, which would enable ultra-Orthodox men to work in the police force, the prisons system and the Public Security Ministry within the framework of IDF service," Plesner told Israel Hayom over the weekend.
"If we succeed in advancing this idea and finding appropriate tracks for yeshiva students, thousands of them will be able to work in the police force and receive IDF benefits just like any soldier."
More than 2,000 ultra-Orthodox men currently serve in the IDF.
Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, who is scheduled to attend the committee meeting on Sunday, said earlier on Channel 2, "The aim of the committee established to legislate an alternative to the Tal Law is to significantly increase the number of ultra-Orthodox men who serve in the IDF."
When the committee began its deliberation earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "In coming weeks, committee members will meet very often in order to formulate a more just solution for the sake of Israeli society." The committee has been tasked with finding the right formula that both the haredi factions and the more secular parties can live with without rattling the 94-MK coalition.
The Tal Law, enacted almost a decade ago, exempts yeshiva students who wish to engage in Torah study from compulsory military service. In January, the High Court of Justice declared the law unconstitutional because it discriminates against non-haredi youth, and instructed the Knesset to legislate a new law or repeal the Tal Law altogether, by August. When Netanyahu and Mofaz surprisingly announced the formation of a unity government recently, a day before the Knesset was to call early elections, they agreed that the modification of the Tal Law would be one of the first orders of business.