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Haredi Draft Law Passes

Haredi IDF soldiers of the IDF Nahal Haredi battalion in the mess hall of their base, in the northern Jordan valley. The IDF is planning two new Haredi battalions and men only recruitment center and boot camp.

Haredi IDF soldiers of the IDF Nahal Haredi battalion in the mess hall of their base, in the northern Jordan valley. The IDF is planning two new Haredi battalions and men only recruitment center and boot camp.
Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

The Knesset passed the draft bill to increase the number of Ultra-Orthodox Jews who serve in the IDF.

The vote passed its second and third readings, and the vote was boycotted by the Knesset opposition.

Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun voted against it, as he felt it was being used as a divisive tactic to create a division between the Haredi community and the Religious-Zionist community.

As a result of voting against the coalition, Chetboun forfeited his position on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He will also not be allowed to submit bills for the next six weeks.

The vote passed 67-1.

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13 Responses to “Haredi Draft Law Passes”

  1. Time to contribute! I suspect it will have a positive affect on all!

  2. I don’t know why they resist so hard ,at least they will learn how to be productive.

  3. Ronnie Pleet says:

    If one lives in a country one must protect it. They are greedy takers

  4. Yori Mendel says:

    We may unfortunately need every person, if we are put into defending ourselves from Jordan, Iran, Egypt, etc. It’s a shame that the Righteous need be called at all. I don’t like it, or want it. However, Times have changed, and Evil forces lurk. We need to protect Israel and it’s People at All cost…. like it,or not. Yes, Rabbi’s are in their own League. I don’t like their being called. Students are not Rabbi’s yet. In America, and other places all are called. It’s terrible Times, and looking for Peace.

  5. If a man is healthy he should serve his country

  6. Bear Klein says:

    Under the newly passed law, a rising number of haredim would have to enlist in the military or carry out national service starting in 2017. If the conscription numbers are not met, the state would impose financial penalties on the ultra-Orthodox community.

    According to the law, yeshivas will be able to decide which of their students would have to go to the military, and face sanctions if they do not meet the draft quotas. The bill also gives the defense minister a mandate to defer enrollment until the age of 21, or in some cases 26, and to grant exemptions.

    In other words this is far less than any other Jewish sector where every male is drafted. No outs for the fire department, police service or work in an ambulance with Magen David Adom.

    The law is a compromise but still some demonize it.

  7. About time, there is no good reason for the Haredi not to serve when the rest of the Israelis serve their country, even woman.

  8. many of our young torah scholars could also serve as teachers for so many young soldiers who want to learn more about their Jewish heritage. The religioius young men in the service can do so much to heal the rift between the haredi world and other fellow Jews.

  9. Chaim Silver says:

    serving in the army, in defense of one's country, does not take away one's yiddishkeit. in fact, it enhances it by protecting lives of people. you save one life it is as if you saved the world.

  10. Rivka Olenick says:

    what a great suggestion – i agree, there's so much each can benefit from… love ya, Ceil! :)

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