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The Draft Tragicomedy

If it weren’t so sad, the draft brouhaha in Israel would be the greatest show in town. It is a masquerade ball, a tragicomedy whereby each actor says the complete opposite of what he really wants.

Evolution Vs. Revolution in Struggle over Haredi Draft

A spokesperson for Yisrael Beytenu said, “We’ve had 64 years to evolve,” he said. “Demographically, it will be impossible to pass this bill 20 years from now.”

Israeli Political Constellation Realigns As Kadima Quits Government

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Liberman Buys Time for Coalition, Hareidim Not Buying Idea of Service in Jewish Army

Avigdor Liberman says he will continue to pursue the drafting of all Israelis at the age of 18, but will uphold the current coalition.

70 days Later – Mofaz, Kadima, Quit Netanyahu’s Government over Haredi Draft

Following the collapse of negotiations over a new conscription law, Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz decided to quit Netanyahu's coalition, leaving the premier once again with only 66 MKs. Mofaz told a Kadima faction emergency session: "It is with great sorrow that I say that there is no escape from taking a decision on quitting the government." Mofaz explained: "I went in on a principle, and when that failed, we must quit."

Thousands Protesting Against Draft

Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox adults and young children are protesting against the universal draft in Kikar Shabbat in Jerusalem. The adults have handcuffed all the children...

Eytan Kobre’s Anti-Religious Rant

If the draft is going to be equally applied, religious sensitivities must be guaranteed to all. This means that the infrastructure must be created and enforced so that Charedim will be able to practice Judaism as they best understand it. The bottom line for me is that no Charedi mother should ever be faced by a Chiloni or Religious Zionist mother asking the question, “Why did my son have to die in battle while your son was safe in a Yeshiva?”

Politicians Talk About the Universal Draft

Chief Rabbi Amar and President Peres met today and discussed the draft issue. They concluded that the debate must continue, but without extremism from...

The Draft Controversy In Israel

A comment by Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz the other day set us thinking about an element in the draft debate that could only manifest itself in an Israeli context.

The Chareidi Gush Katif

Legislation is being used to force a situation onto a significantly large minority sector that disagrees with the decision. Will it once again end in disaster for everyone?

Bibi Dissolves Tal Law Committee, Setting Up Potential Government Rift

A government coalition effort to craft a revised version of the Tal Law, whereby a sizeable number of draft eligible haredi yeshiva students would be forced to choose between joining the Israel Defense Forces or partake in Sherut Leumi (alternative national service), could become a political quagmire for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz is threatening to bolt the unity government over a lack of progress toward finding a solution.

Coalition Crisis Brewing

A coalition crisis has been growing the past few days. The crisis resolves around the now disbanded, Plessner Committee and their recommendations on how...

Reconsidering The People’s Army

The Knesset factions are pursuing legislation that will institute an equal draft into the IDF – but something is fishy. The New Israel Fund’s propaganda has made inroads, and it looks like the upcoming elections will focus on haredi-bashing.

Egyptian Justice Ministry suggests minimum 10 year sentence for intentionally misquoting Koran

Parliamentary committee approves tougher punishment for 'distorting' Quran.

Women’s Rights in Egypt

Islamist Members of Parliament in Egypt are trying to deprive Egyptian women of their basic rights by introducing several controversial draft laws that, if passed, will bring Egypt back to the Middle Ages.

Netanyahu, Liberman, Prepare for Election Day Battle Over Haredi Draft

After the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the Tal Law, which sought to encourage over time the inclusion of Haredim in military service, the court, for all intents and purposes, has required the state to draft some 60,000 Haredi youths this August. As Knesset factions are preparing for new, early national elections, Haredi enlistment will likely serve as the battle field where many voters' choices will be made.

100 Ultra-Orthodox Would-Be Soldiers Not Drafted in 2011

An officer close to the issue told the Jewish Press: "It is not that we turned away 100 soldiers - had they come to us we would have taken them anyway. But we were told to stop our Haredi outreach efforts which would have netted more recruits. The Tal Law is the big story though. If a new law does not pass we will be in a position to draft 60,000 Haredi soldiers in August."

Assad Declares Referendum on New Syrian Constitution

On Sunday, President al-Assad received a copy of the new draft constitution from the head of the National Committee charged with drafting a new constitution for the Syrian Arab Republic.

UN Security Council Debates: Syria

Western and Arab efforts to pass forceful Security Council resolution hampered by Russia.

Syria on the Brink: Arab League Suspends Mission, Shifts Focus to UN

The Arab League suspended its observer mission Sunday after government violence this weekend resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 civilians.

Arab League Suspends Mission in Syria; Syria Condemns

The Arab League decision comes in the wake of the uptick in government violence over the weekend.

Islamists Win Over 70% of Egyptian Parliament

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party wins 235 seats; the ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nur party wins 121 seats.

France: Russia’s New Syria Draft Resolution Inadequate

French foreign ministry spokesman: Russian draft "very far from the reality of the situation in Syria."

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