All of the special benefits given to the few haredi soldiers who enlist in the Israel Defense Forces or who are drafted, but which are not given to any other soldiers, cost so much money per soldier over and above what it costs to draft a Modern Orthodox or non-Orthodox soldier that the IDF can't afford to draft haredim.
The Jewish Press reports:
The human resources division of the IDF reported last week that they were forced not to draft 100 ultra-orthodox men that would have enlisted due to cutbacks in per-soldier finances from the treasury.
An officer in the IDF close to the issue told the Jewish Press: “In the beginning of the year we were given goals of recruiting 700 ultra-Orthodox [Haredi] soldiers, then the army told us to lower to 500 due to financial constraints. However, 100 soldiers were already in the drafting process so we were able to take them in. It is not that we turned away 100 soldiers – had they come to us we would have taken them anyway. But we did stop our outreach efforts to the Haredi community which would have netted more recruits.”
Asked why the Treasury cut down on the financing, the officer said: “The cost of a haredi soldier is very high, we have to pay him for family costs, special training (without women), special food, Torah lessons – all these things cost money. We get 5400NIS per month per soldier from the treasury, and they needed to cut down to make the budget for 2011.”…
But don't let this bit of reporting delude you into thinking the Jewish Press is operating as a newspaper rather than as a propaganda sheet. Two paragraphs further on, the Jewish Press tips its rather obvious hand [emphasis added]:
With Israel’s military unable to enlist all of its mandatory draftees and its ultra-orthodox volunteers it remains to be seen what will happen if the Knesset does not pass a new version of the Tal Law, set to expire on August 1, due to Supreme Court interference.
Interference. Not "ruling" or "legal ruling." Interference.
The Jewish Press has a new website, but it still lacks journalists.