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Israeli reservists and their supporters rally against draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox
JERUSALEM (AP) ¯¯¯ Thousands of Israeli reservists and their supporters are rallying in Tel Aviv to protest draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Many of the protesters marching Saturday carried placards reading "everybody serves."
Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are exempt from compulsory military service. Israel's Supreme Court recently ruled the current exemption system illegal, and the government is scrambling to come up with an alternative by July 31.
The country's secular majority considers the mass exemptions unjust, while the ultra-Orthodox claim they are serving the state by serving God.
The issue is one of the most charged in the country, and has caused a serious rift in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.