The Ultra-orthodox enlistment law that the Cabinet approved earlier this week would lower the exemption age for yeshiva students from 24 to 21. It does little to support the principle of sharing the burden of military service equally among Israeli men. But it will push more haredim into the work force. Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, called it an “bad but essential” bill. He told reporter Arieh O’Sullivan that if more efforts were not done to boost the participation of haredim in the mandatory service, it could have dire consequences on the motivation of the rest of society to serve.