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December 09, 2012

Netanyahu Sells Out To Haredim, Again Ignores High Court, Over Draft

Haredi man walking past soldiers at KotelUnder a new plan expected to be approved today by the Government of Israel, 1,300 haredim will ‘enlist’ in national service that amounts to volunteer work often done in their own communities. However, thousands of other haredi yeshiva students will be ruled exempt, both from national service and the military draft.

Haredi man walking past soldiers at Kotel

Netanyahu Sells Out To Haredim, Again Ignores High Court, Over Draft
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Under a new plan expected to be approved today by the Government of Israel, 1,300 haredim will ‘enlist’ in national service that amounts to volunteer work often done in their own communities.

However, thousands of other haredi yeshiva students will be ruled exempt, both from national service and the military draft.

Israel’s High Court of Justice previous struck down the Tal Law, which exempted all full time haredi students from the military draft and national service.

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu has since then rejected every plan to draft haredim created by commissions it itself formed to study the issue.

This new plan – which appears to violate the spirt, and perhaps the letter, of the High Court’s ruling – would only be in effect until August 31, 2013, and is being presented as a bridge between the Tal Law, which has not been in force since August 1, 2012, and a new plan to draft haredim that many observers think will never be put in place.

Former opposition head Tzipi Livni and other political and social leaders from both the left and the right reportedly attacked the Netanyahu government for failing to uphold the High Court’s ruling.

"The government's intention to circumvent the court and perpetuate a historical social wrong is beyond outrageous and has no legal merit. The government – right before the elections – is choosing to spit in the face of the Zionist majority, people who serve in the IDF, who are called for reserve duty time and again, and who are no longer willing to abide this situation.” Livni said.

“There are more and more haredim that want to enlist, HaBayit HaYehudi Party Chairman Naftali Bennett said. “The government must stop buying time and instead create solutions in the form of channels through which haredim can fulfill their share of the burden.”

The Forum for Citizen Equal Rights and Obligations’s Zohara Berger-Tzur noted that “rather than dealing with the problem in a serious, thorough and responsible manner, the government again has chosen to do what is expedient [for it].”

MK Tzipi Hotovely, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, reportedly told Maariv today that she thought the next government coalition could be made without including Netanyahu’s current coalition partner, the haredi Shas party.

“A certain elite should be allowed to continue their Torah study” but a universal draft for the remainder of the ultra-Orthodox is necessary, Hotovely reportedly said. “There is only one way to achieve that: Don’t give Shas any power.”

Yohanan Plesner, the Kadima Party lawmaker originally tapped by Netanyahu to head the commission Netanyahu himself formed to draft a replacement for Tal Law and who has become a sharp critic of Netanyahu’s behavior in its aftermath, attacked Netanyahu over again today, calling this latest plan “another attempt by the Netanyahu government to maintain the reality of widespread [haredi] draft dodging.”

Update 2:30 pm CST – Ha'aretz has some of the new plan's details:

…The new plan, called "Shirut Le'umi Meshamer," allows Yeshiva students to join national service as opposed to joining the IDF, and comes amid the legislative no-man's-land that ensued following the repeal of the Tal Law by the Supreme Court in August.

As part of the newly approved scheme, the defense minister is obliged to postpone the military service of Yeshiva students approved for national civil service, and who are at least 26 years old or are at least 22 years old and have at least one child.

In addition, the decision will also affect Yeshiva students who are at least 22 years old and who applied to join the national service's national-security track.

Haredi men who volunteer as part of "Shirut Le'umi Mishmar" will be exempt from military service and will receive a grant equivalent to the one received by soldiers following their service.…

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Newsflash! Netanyahu buys the orthodox vote. In other news, the sun will rise again tomorrow.

So when the shooting war actually does erupt again, these cowardly dogs will hide in their yeshivas? My plan would be to use them as human shields, draft or no draft.

Come on, did anyone really expect to se tens of thousand of yeshiva students to meekly sign up for service when they were exempt for so many years? On top if that what about the Israeli Arabs, do they have to register to serve? The process has to be gradual for it to succeed.

From today's vosizneias.com posted by ALTERG:

"Mrs livni: I know you not a jew & not keeping the torah laws but we are, remember one thing jews don't belong in the IDF & will never happen as people treid already for 60 years & didn't work out, a buchir belongs in yeshiva, waste of time"

I suppose this quote reflects the average Haredi's opinion on the matter. Israel's days are numbered.

From today's vosizneias.com posted by ALTERG:

"...jews don't belong in the IDF & will never happen as people treid already for 60 years & didn't work out, a buchir belongs in yeshiva, waste of time"

Posted by: Rocky | December 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM

Exactly who do they think DOES belong in the IDF? These parasites are just a complete waste of space. And if they were honest with themselves they would admit that a vast majority of them do not really learn much Torah anyway.

I continue to be offended by the picture of that Cossack walking past the brave IDF soldiers. At least he should stop and ask if any of them want their boots polished.

Sorry, Shmarya, you completely misunderstand the situation. Under the Tal Law up to 2000 charedim did national service. When the high court banned Tal this went out also. So all it is is a restoration of part of Tal before the government (after elections apparently) has to really deal with what they will do about the situation - otherwise even more charedim get out scott free. Even Livni herself voted for this part of the Tal law when she was in the government. Because of the elections all oposing factions are hypocritally jumping on this to gain points. (I say this as someone who believes that all should serve in the IDF, as did my 3 sons, all for 3 years or more. But I try not to be a hypocrite.)

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