3,000 Haredim Get Active Duty Draft Notices
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
3,000 haredim have now received draft induction orders and will be inducted into the IDF for active service by August 2013, the IDF announced today.
Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, the head of manpower in the IDF, told Israel Radio that this will be the first year that the number of haredim inducted to active military service will be the first year will be in the thousands.
“The haredi youths are cooperating and showing up for their draft notices,” she said. “These 3000 will be enlisted according to policy makers' decisions. We have prepared teams of officers, combat frameworks, and bases for them, all approved by the chief of staff."
Barbivai discussed the need for creating programs to encourage the draft in haredi cities, which have the lowest number of draftees in Israel.
She also spoke with concern about the disproportionate number of Ethiopian soldiers currently serving sentences in military prisons.
According to Barbivai, 20% of inmates come from families of Ethiopian immigrants, despite the fact that members of the Ethiopian community are highly motivated when they first join the IDF.