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Haredi soldiers to begin serving in naval combat roles

Israeli Navy seeks to promote ultra-Orthodox soldiers in security missions along maritime borders, and expand the soldiers’ service  beyond auxiliary roles, IDF official says.

By Lilach Shoval


Ultra-Orthodox soldiers will soon be assigned to Israeli Navy combat units, Israel Hayom learned Monday.

An Israeli Navy Dvora-class patrol boat – Photo: KOKO

The decision was made by the Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate, following an initiative by the Naval Headquarters’ Personnel Division, which hopes to expand haredi soldiers’ service in the corps beyond auxiliary roles.

The military plans to present the initiative to rabbis in the coming weeks, with hopes of seeing it realized by the end of 2015. Continue Reading »

Impressive Rise in Ultra-Orthodox Entering the IDF

Despite prior protests and peer opposition, the ultra-Orthodox sector is responding favorably to the new ‘equal burden’ law by joining IDF & work force in greater numbers.

By Yossi Aloni


Despite ultra-Orthodox protests, there has been a dramatic increase of 39 percent in the number of new Israeli army recruits coming from the Haredi sector this year.

That impressive figure was presented by the Israeli army at a meeting of the ministerial committee established to monitor implementation of the new “equal burden” law passed amid growing frustration among secular Israelis that the Orthodox community was not pulling its weight.

The law initially set the ambitious goal of 2,000 ultra-Orthodox recruits in its first year.

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Ultra-Orthodox army conscripts jump by 39% surprising everyone

Number defies initial expectations: With over 1,900 haredi men drafted this year & 863 of them taking combat roles, Science & Technology Minister Yaakov Peri says: ‘This proves the new draft law has paved the way toward a social & legislative revolution.’

By Mati Tuchfeld


The number of ultra-Orthodox Israeli men being drafted into the army has risen by 39 percent since the Knesset passed the Equal Sharing of the Burden Bill in March, according to a report presented to the cabinet on Sunday by the ministerial committee, headed by Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, appointed to oversee the implementation of the law.
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‘Equality of Burden’ law has resulted in only 1 haredi enlisting so far



Of the 2,996 ultra-Orthodox youths, between 22-28 yrs-old, that were summoned to the IDF’s induction center, only 1,126 (38%) show up & only 1 enlisted.

MK Moti Yogev reported, “The atmosphere in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) street as a result of the law has become anti-enlistment.”

Gideon Allon


Only one haredi between the ages 22-28 has enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces since the Equality of Burden Law was passed three months ago, according to an IDF Manpower Directorate report that was presented on Tuesday.

A haredi man at an IDF induction center [Illustrative] – Photo: Gideon Markowitz

Haredim between the ages 22-28 are exempt from military service, but are offered to serve in the IDF or civil service.

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Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox community quietly joins the IDF

“There is a ‘Haredi Spring’ taking place as the Internet & smartphones develop. You can’t avoid it…..What the rabbis are afraid of is [their] culture changing. Incrementally, it is seeping through,” says Moshe Prigan, 30, a captain who recruits other ultra-Orthodox Jewish men to enlist into the IDF.

The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


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Breakthrough in Knesset committee makes way for vote on Haredi IDF service


Israel’s TV 2: Shaked committee members strike deal on age of enlistment for ultra-Orthodox and criminal sanctions for draft evaders.




Knesset members in the committee charged with hammering out legislation that would mandate the military enlistment of ultra-Orthodox youngsters reached an agreement late Tuesday night that seemingly paves the way for the legislation to be enacted.

Haredi protest IDF, Jerusalem, February 6, 2014

Haredi protest IDF, Jerusalem, February 6, 2014 Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

According to Channel 2, the Shaked Committee, which was tasked with finding a formula that would ensure mandatory military service for haredim while also taking into account the need to maintain a religious lifestyle that would allow for Torah study, came to an agreement on the two main issues thought to be holding up a deal: criminal sanctions for draft-dodgers, and the age of conscription. Continue Reading »

Ultra-Orthadox MK chains himself to podium prior to Knesset voting on draft bill

Knesset approves draft bill on 1st reading following heated debate.


 MKs tear shirt lapels to indicate mourning

By Moran Azulay


The Knesset plenum approved Yesh Atid‘s draft bill on first reading early Tuesday morning, prompting dramatic acts of protest by haredi legislators. Ultra-Orthodox Knesset members declared Monday a day of mourning and tore the lapels of their shirts to signify their mourning.


MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) chained himself to the podium before the bill was brought to a vote. – Screenshot Knesset channel

The bill, which passed a 66-21 vote, will now be turned over to a special committee presided by MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) that will prepare the bill for second and third readings. Continue Reading »

By day a Rabbi, by night a Border Guard Police officer patrolling the Upper Galilee


Meir Ohana is the chief rabbi of Mushav Kfar Yuval in the Upper Galilee, but that doesn’t stop him from patrolling the north as head of a volunteer Border Guard police unit.

Ohana has always demonstrated his support of haredi integration in the IDF: “Studying Torah does not preclude ‘bearing the burden’.”

By Itsik Saban

When Rabbi Meir Ohana takes off his traditional black suit, he puts on a Border Police uniform. While much of the ultra-Orthodox world in Israel is up in arms over the so-called “sharing of the burden” — the state’s intent to compel Israeli ultra-Orthodox citizens to enlist in the military after years of enjoying blanket exemptions from service — Ohana is a rare sight among his ilk.

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Cabinet adopts historic draft bill to ultra-Orthodox’s dismay & anger

Lapid: Historic day; MK Porush: Black day for Jewish settlement


Ministers approve outline for haredi draft, to commence in 4 years.

By Omri Efraim


The cabinet adopted the equal share of the burden outline, according to which 21-year-old haredim will be drafted to the IDF, beginning in 2017, excluding 1,800 who have proven themselves scholarly-gifted and will continue to study the Torah.

Haredim in enlistment bureau – Photo: Yaron Brener

Fourteen ministers voted in favor of the outline, while only four opposed it.

The outline, finalized last May by a committee headed by Minister Yaakov Peri, also recommends that haredi draft-evaders will be criminally sanctioned. Continue Reading »

Meet the 1st ultra-Orthodox to enlist into IAF flying school

Modern day ‘Pioneer’ says he always wanted to be a pilot.

Family: We wanted him to become a Torah scholar, but we support his decision.

By Akiva Novic

In the midst of the political turmoil surrounding the universal draft bill, an 18-year-old ultra-Orthodox youth is set to make history by being the first haredi to enlist in the IAF’s hugely prestigious flying school.

Illustrative Photo Courtesy, Israel Air Force

Illustrative Photo Courtesy, Israel Air Force

Becoming a flight pilot is a childhood dream for Y., whose father heads a Chabad center, and expected his son to follow the family tradition and devote himself wholesale to the study of Torah. Continue Reading »

Haredi soldier: Haredi incitement endangers my life

Haredi soldier files complaint against ultra-Orthodox newspaper, claiming that the daily’s editorial put his life in danger.


The paper denies inciting to violence, but suggests that the ‘collaborators’ who wear IDF uniform inside haredi neighborhoods, de facto ‘legitimize’ idea of draft.

Yoav Zitun


A haredi youth serving in the IDF filed a complain with the police Thursday against the ultra-Orthodox daily HaPeles, claiming that the paper’s fiery editorial condemning haredi “collaborators” with the establishment had put his life in jeopardy.

Haredi soldier in the IDF Photo Marc Israel SellemThe Jerusalem Post

Haredi soldier in the IDF Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

The complaint came the same day as a report proposing far-reaching reforms to the process of enlistment of haredim into the IDF was submitted to the Knesset. Continue Reading »

8 policemen injured in mass Haredi protest against draft

The demonstration was not backed by Shteinman and the mainstream Haredi leadership, although they are vigorously opposed to the enlistment of yeshiva students.



A demonstration staged by the radical Eda Haredit organization turned violent Thursday night, with haredi protestors throwing rocks, glass bottles and other objects at police, injuring at least eight officers, two of whom were taken to hospital in moderate condition.

Haredi demonstration against IDF enlistment legislation in Jerusalem, May 16, 2013

Haredi demonstration against IDF enlistment legislation in Jerusalem, May 16, 2013 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

The police made at least ten arrests and fired a water cannon to disperse violent protesters.

Between 25 to 30 thousand haredi men protested against government plans to draft ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students.

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MK Akunis: Likud accepts Yesh Atid’s ultra-Orthadox draft plan

Likud MK close to Netanyahu says the  Haredim won’t be part of next coalition gov’t & Foreign Ministry portfolio is reserved for Liberman.



Likud Beytenu accepted Yesh Atid’s plan for haredi draft into civil service, according to Likud MK Ofir Akunis, who is close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud)

MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

“Regarding equality in the national burden, there’s definitely an agreement. We accepted the Yesh Atid plan, and unfortunately it appears like the haredim will not be a part of the next government,” Akunis told Channel 10.

A Yesh Atid source confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that Likud Beytenu’s negotiating team accepted the detailed plan for haredi enlistment, which would require them to join the IDF or national service at age 18, following a five-year period in which the ultra-Orthodox would be encouraged to join the workforce.

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