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November 12, 2012

Haredim To Be Drafted Starting Next Summer

Haredi man walking past soldiers at KotelMandatory army service will apply to all 18-year-old Israeli citizens starting in the summer of 2013. Within the next two years,14,000 haredi teens are expected to be drafted.

Haredi man walking past soldiers at Kotel

Ynet reports:

Following the expiration of the Tal Law, mandatory army service will apply to all 18-year-old Israeli citizens, starting the summer of 2013 and within the next two years, some 14,000 haredi teens are expected to join the draft, Ynet learned Monday. Nevertheless, as long as the Knesset does not regulate the issue of enlisting haredim to the IDF, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men will be officially exempt from IDF service.

According to the State outline's, the IDF will also draft those who will turn 19 in 2013 – 7,800 new soldiers – and will gradually enlist those who will reach the drafting age the following years – expectedly some 8,000 new soldiers annually.

Haredi soldiers will apparently be serving in combat and technological units, and possibly in the Defense and Public Security ministries, the police and the Shin Bet. As for the numerous ultra-Orthodox men over the age of 20, the State informed the court that the "IDF knows that unless a solution is devised in the matter within one-year's time they will no longer be subjected to a mandatory draft." The statement added that though the current outline offers appropriate solution to the issue of enlisting haredi men the issue must be regulated by law so as to align with the High Court's ruling to allow Tal Law to expire.

According to the State, since the outline offers a solution to many of the motions filed against the decision to allow Tal Law to expire, the High Court should dismiss the motions. Many of the petitioners, however, noted that the outline only offers a partial solution to a national problem.…

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Mandatory army service will apply to all 18-year-old Israeli citizens

Does this include Israeli Arabs or are Arabs not allowed to be citizens.

I don't know why you keep falling for this. By next summer another deal or deferrment will occur and the situation will be unchanged

There will not be a mandatory Haredi draft. Period,

Israel is now in a ground war with Syria. Israel needs cannon fodder. Now, not years from now.

Because the charedim are uneducated and mostly physically and mentally unfit for the army an appropriate alternative must be found for them as they will be a drain upon military resources. This should involve work that is harder, more unpleasant and of a much longer duration than the draft would be (perhaps twice as long or even three times). They could be given an opportunity of slightly reduced service duration if they agreed to be educated.

Teach then a trade!
I got a free two year post high school training in Electronics
It will pay for itself when they become productive citizens

Teach then a trade!
I got a free two year post high school training in Electronics
It will pay for itself when they become productive citizens

Posted by: Isa | November 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM

You need a basic education to be taught a trade which the charedim don't have, even assuming they wanted to learn and work.

When I proposed that they be educated I was thinking in terms of getting them to a level where they would be minimally functional for a very basic job.

The haredim won't be drafted because the Arabs won't be drafted. It's as simple as that.

Whoever hopes for a haredi draft is setting themselves up for a huge letdown.

With the number of good men who roll up the sleeves of their army fatigues to put on tefillin, there is no excuse for keeping any citizen of Israel out of the army.

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