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The Draft Tragicomedy

3. Create more academic courses for haredim, and support preferred funding for those institutions that integrate them. This will also encourage the various colleges to compete for the haredi student.

4. Provide tax breaks for employers who integrate haredim into their workforce.

5. Begin a public relations campaign encouraging employers to hire haredim, much as is being done now to encourage employers to hire Arabs.

If we ignore all the political hype, the solution is clear and simple.

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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2 Responses to “The Draft Tragicomedy”

  1. Lana Merle says:

    I like the idea of making it easier for Haredim to earn a living and contribute to Israel's financial stabilization, however, I also think that the Haredim should serve in some capacity in the IDF. It's not right for them not to participate in Israel's defense as other citizens have to do. As for the argument that time studying Torah fulfills this obligation, perhaps it does for some of the top Yeshiva students, but most people are not top scholars, and they can daven and study while also serving in the army.

  2. I agree completely with Lana Merle.

    If most of them want to serve as you Mr. Feiglin says, what is stopping them?

    There is no need for special treatment which would be like affirmitive action for Black Hatters.

    There is a need to improve the negative image not serving creates.

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