More Haredim Report To IDF For Initial Draft Process Than Expected
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel Hayom reports that 30% of the haredim who received draft notices since Tal Law exempting them from military service expired on August 1st reported to IDF recruitment centers to receive their official draft dates, which will begin this coming summer.
"The rate of people being called up after receiving their draft notice and starting the process of being absorbed in the army is even greater than 30%. The cooperation level up to now has been very high,” an army source told Israel Hayom last night.
This seems to support a new Ynet-Gesher poll released yesterday which found that only 66% of haredim believe haredi yeshiva students should be exempt from the draft.
In contrast, haredi rabbinic and political leaders have been unified in their opposition to a haredi draft, and leading haredi rabbis have ordered their followers not to serve in the IDF.
However, the army source also told Israel HaYom that the actual draft of of haredim isn’t scheduled to being until summer, and it isn’t possible to predict now how many haredim will actually report for service then, and IDF officials noted that there may be political processes that will impact haredi reporting in the summer of 2013, as well.