Israeli parliament votes for bill to exempt ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military service
Contributed by NAMPA / Xinhua.
JERUSALEM, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Israel's parliament voted Wednesday in favor a controversial bill to exempt ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from military service, ending a political crisis threatened to prompt early elections.
The parliament, or the Knesset, voted 59-38 in favor of the bill in preliminary reading. The bill still needs to be approved in three more readings before it becomes a law.
The vote was held after the government reached a compromise deal, giving coalition members freedom to vote ...