But the law does not set out how the military is to provide for the special needs of tens of thousands of Haredi men (and, ostensibly, women, if its purpose is to institute full equality), nor does it envision the educational process required to bring those recruits up to speed so that their contribution have some tangible value, other than to serve as a political lesson on equality before the law.
Indeed, the new, proposed law fails to envision a situation of mass draft dodging on the part of Haredi recruits, and the resources that would be required to bring them all in.
In that, the new law mimics the impatience and short-temper of the Beinisch court’s decision to finally kill the Tal Law. The old law worked slowly, perhaps too slowly, but it attempted to stir up evolution, instead of a radical confrontation.
Some material from JTA was used in this article.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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