Germany: Bundestag pass law on religious welfare for Jewish soldiers in army

German Parliament unanimously approved the law on the religious welfare for the Jewish soldiers in the army, endorsing the contract between the federal government and the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Thursday. The bill would open a military rabbinate with eventual 48 posts under the Defence ministry's command. The federal government estimates the annual costs to 4,67 million Euro in addition to a one-time payment of 900,000 Euro. The German Army, Bundeswehr, does not require soldiers to disclose their religious affiliation. At least 300 Jewish and around 3,000 Muslim recruits serve to the German state.

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