The status quo with the Ultra-Orthadox must be abolished as they must enter Israel's workforce, Israel can't afford not to do so. We shouldn't expect all of them to serve in the army and so must create a national service framework in which they can serve and thus contribute to the state as others do.
Mandatory sherut la-am for any citizen who does not want to serve in the IDF or Magav.
The issue of army service for Israel’s haredim and minority groups has become one of the burning issues on the agenda. There is no doubt that some parts of the public bear the burden, while others are not a party to this. However, in my view, we must avoid zealous thinking and come up with a way to ultimately achieve the desired result of seeing the haredi community and other sectors playing their part in bearing the burden.
I admit that I too used to think that all haredim should be drafted into the IDF. However, once I became deeply familiar with the issue I realized this is not something that can be resolved at once. In order to integrate haredim into our education system and job market and allow them to bear the burden, we must work gradually, while showing understanding and engaging in dialogue with the haredi leadership.
Yeshiva attendance and IDF casualties are inversely proportionate, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger said Thursday.
Speaking at an IDF ceremony at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Metzger drew on his experience as a soldier in the Yom Kippur War as proof that the IDF suffers more casualties when yeshiva students are not praying or studying Torah.
“When yeshiva attendance is low, as on holiday evenings or prior to the Sabbath, more IDF soldiers are injured and killed,” Metzger said.
He also said that the Israeli military derives its power from religious devotion. “The more Jews study Torah, the more powerful is the army. Just as there is Air Force and Navy, there should be a God force,” he said.
Metzger was apparently making the points in the context of Knesset deliberations on an alternative to the Tal Law, the legislation ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court earlier this year, aimed at boosting military and national service participation among ultra-Orthodox and Arab Israelis.
It's interesting to read that a trend towards religious fundamentalism is not confined to just one religion.
We're seeing the rise of radical fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Muslims going nutty with suicide bombings as human smart bombs being nurtured thru madrasas.
Christians going harder right with trying to push for creationism in schools and the divide between them and the left and quite possibly the middle as well......the Norway slaughter had a Christian fundamentalist component didn't it?
Jews in Israel losing their homogeniety with haredim and Baruch Goldstein's massacre of muslims and fundamentalist aspects of problematic jewish settlements.
Anyone bother to check on Buddhists or Hindus lately? How they fairing......are they managing to avoid the darker fundamentalist stuff or are they getting all stabby too?
The Israel Defense Forces is preparing to absorb large numbers of ultra-Orthodox conscripts in anticipation of a new law setting out the terms of Haredi enlistment. The army has withdrawn its years-long opposition to the creation of new separate units, and is proposing the establishment of three new Nahal Haredi battalions that can be integrated into combat forces.
The army's plan for taking on large numbers of yeshiva students after the successor to the Tal Law goes into effect was presented on Sunday, in broad outline, to a committee evaluating alternatives to that law, which the High Court of Justice declared unconstitutional.
The committee, chaired by MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), was briefed by Brig. Gen. Gadi Agmon, head of planning in the IDF's Personnel Directorate. Agmon told committee members that the army could establish three additional combat battalions, in addition to and in a format similar to the existing Nahal Haredi battalion. He said the possibility of attaching one of these units to the Air Defense Corps is under review, adding that the IDF is also preparing to expand the number of Haredim serving in the Home Front Command.
The army is also considering the referral of ultra-Orthodox recruits to other security forces, such as the Israel Police and Israel Prison Service. The IDF currently places around 2,700 of its troops each year with these bodies.