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May 08, 2012

Netanyahu “Reassures” Haredim, Hints Draft Exemptions Will Continue

Netanyahu 4Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of the haredi United Torah Judaism (UTJ) political party to "reassure" them about the new unity government's plan to replace the Tal Law, which serves to exempt haredim from army service.

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Netanyahu “Reassures” Haredim, Hints Draft Exemptions Will Continue
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

According to Ynet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of the haredi United Torah Judaism (UTJ) political party to "reassure" them about the new unity government's plan to replace the Tal Law, which serves to exempt haredim from army service.

The law has been ruled illegal by Israel's High Court, and it expires in July. A majority of Israelis strongly oppose haredi draft dodging, and the issue of making haredi military service mandatory threatened to bring down Netanyahu's government. Avigdor Liberman, Netanyahu's foreign minister and coalition partner, and other Yisrael Beteinu leaders, relecting the feelings of the majority of the Russian immigrant population, moved to pass a bill that would draft all haredim.

Haredi leaders, on the other hand, adamantly oppose army service for their followers.

To prevent the collapse of his coalition, Netanyahu called for early elections and dissolved the Knesset.

But then, just days later, in a surprise move, he formed a unity government with Kadima, the leading opposition party. Kadima's newly elected leader, Shaul Mofaz, is more willing to accommodate haredi demands than outgoing leader Tzipi Livni, who very publicly fought haredi forced gender segregation and draft dodging.

Just before being elected Kadima leader two weeks ago, Mofaz promised that he would not allow Kadima to form a government with Netanyahu's Likud:

"Kadima under my leadership will remain in the opposition. The current government represents all that is wrong with Israel, I believe. Why should we join it?"

Mofaz's about face shocked many Kadima voters.

According to a brief report on Ynet, Netanyahu reassured UTJ leaders today and promised that he would work with them to find alternatives to the illegal Tal Law.

"Bibi said that this will be a new law, a different one, which won't include forceful IDF enlistment (of haredim) but will do so through integration," one source said. "He asked us to be partners in the discussion."

This appears to indicate that there will not be mandatory conscription of haredim in the forseeable future, despite the High Court's order.


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Reassurance that they may continue to shirk any obligation to defend the society whose coffers they drain!

It is nothing other than reassurance that the Haredim may continue to view themselves as the only true Jews, the only ones worthy of the name, and w/o repercussion from those whom they necessarily disdain.

queue hershyfriedman's pseudo-pious bombast in 3, 2, 1...

Posted by: Mike S. | May 08, 2012 at 07:59 AM

Mike well said

and just reinforces the hedeim that they are entitled to special treatment

No army, but get more that IDF members for housing
No organ donation, but want to take organs

lets see if Mofaz has any balls

He's finally in a position to toss them from the government and change the rules without interference and this is what he does?

The electoral threshold needs to be raised, and regional representation needs to be implemented. Loony parties have too much influence.

None of the major parties will tamper with the system. Yes they could set things up so that a majority is easy to attain but who wants to be the party leader that has to watch his opponent win one?

Netanyahu “Reassures” Haredim, Hints Draft Exemptions Will Continue

I am ok with that as long as one of the provisions of their exemption is that they work - at least part-time.

I don't see haredim as much of a soldier, anemic, flabby, good only for cannon fodder. However the looming economic issues bothers me more.

Netanyahu has obviously promised one thing to to the haredim and another thing to kadimah. The question is which party will he screw or will he screw both?

Even those who agree with his politics do not trust him personally to keep his commitments.

The interesting thing is that the hunger for patronage and power is so deep and corrupting in Israel that everyone seems to go along with dishonest partners in the hope that either the other guy will be screwed or that they will get theirs before they are screwed.

It isnt even a question
unless these agreements are broken

(they are in Hebrew)
The hands of the government are tied.

The way the numbers are currently if, and this is a very big if, the haredim leave then the agreements no longer carry any weight and anything can happen but as long as shas and yehadut hatorah remain it is difficult to see how anything would significantly change.

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