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February 02, 2013

Shimon Peres Won’t Intercede On Haredi Military Draft Issue

Shimon PeresIsrael’s President Shimon Peres will not become involved in negotiating a compromise between haredi leaders who oppose haredim being drafted into the military and the state, despite a personal request from old friend Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the founder and spiritual leader of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, to do so.

Shimon Peres
Israel's President Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres Won’t Intercede On Haredi Military Draft Issue
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Israel’s President Shimon Peres has reportedly declined to become involved in negotiating a compromise between haredi leaders who oppose haredim being drafted into the military and the state, despite a personal request from old friend Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the founder and spiritual leader of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, to do so.

Peres’ chief of staff Esther Duvdevani announced that Peres does not feel that it is proper for him to become involved in this issue while the Prime Minister is both dealing with it and forming a new coalition government.

Haredim had hoped that Peres, who is viewed as being among the most friendly to haredim of Israel’s secular politicians, would broken a compromise on the issue that would allow the bulk of haredi yeshiva students to continue to evade the draft.

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Good for him. This is one question which can't be resolved by patronage business as usual

Good for Peres. Special consideration for the religious class must come to an end. Secular israel is tired of subsidies and deferrments to a group that demands special consideration, but will not release its grip on conversions, marriage and burial. The time will soon come, if they are not careful, where the state will not give them any consideration and they will have to obey the laws and fend for themselves.

privately speaking Religious Studies are as significant as weapons development and deliberation, though the two are diametrically opposite in their standing. If this big Think Tank that is human intellect is to develop progressivly beyond much of the ignorance of the present, then a means must be mediated to allow evloution of the synogogue. Perhaps some day down the road all wil have been exhausted. Until then, productive studying and research are essential to the development and understanding of where we are heading. It should lend itself to our better preparation. Clearly, far too many of us too easily concede our essential freedoms for that fallable promise of security that feed Military States. . .

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