As Lapid backtracks on past support “in petty politics at the expense of the IDF and Israeli public” in a last-ditch effort to exploit the ultra-Orthodox draft impasse, Netanyahu’s gov’t decides to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.
An emergency meeting of the heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners on Monday in a last-ditch effort to resolve an impasse over contentious legislation regulating military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews ended in a decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections.
The meeting, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, was called a day before Israel’s parliament was due to begin preparing a bill on the contentious issue for its final readings with less than a month left to pass a law on the matter under a Supreme Court-imposed deadline. Continue Reading »
An army knapsack filled classified material, numerous weapons & ammunition was found by Palestinian Arabs on Route 35 near Hevron, and returned to Israeli forces via Palestinian police.
By Uzi Baruch
Palestinian Arabs found an IDF knapsack containing classified materials near Hevron, and returned it to Israeli security forces.
Weapons seized by Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi (ultra-Orthodox) battalion – Photo courtesy: Nahal Haredi Foundation
According to the report on Channel 2, the Arabs claimed that they found the bag on Route 35, near Hevron. It contained classified materials, as well as army uniforms and ready-to-use weapons.
The Arabs who found the knapsack notified PA security forces, and turned it over to them. Continue Reading »
An IDF officer visiting 2 soldiers under his command, was assaulted by dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim, causing extensive damage to his car.
By Kobi Nachshoni.
An IDF officer was attacked by dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the neighborhood of Meah She’arim in Jerusalem on Friday. The assailants – both adults and children – threw stones and eggs at him, caused damage to his car and yelled: “Hardak (frivolous haredi), we will kill you”.
Damage caused to officer’s car – Courtesy
The officer, a resident of Kiryat Arba who serves in the Givati infantry brigade, had arrived at the neighborhood in Jerusalem to pay a visit to two of his soldiers – one of them a lone soldier whose grandfather had recently passed away. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Supreme Court decision addresses only directly-paid subsidies & does not impact the new major law that reset the entire balance of ultra-Orthodox obligations regarding serving in the army etc.
An expanded seven justice panel of the High Court unanimously threw out as unconstitutional approximately NIS 1,000 per month in subsidies which the state has been paying directly to around 10,000 haredim for studying in yeshivot and not working.
Haredim – Illustrative photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
Though Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis presided, justice Elyakim Rubinstein wrote the court’s opinion, including an anecdote at the end stating that members of a synagogue he attends recently told a young haredi man asking for charity that he should “go find a job.” Continue Reading »
As the IDF prepares to induct more religious soldiers into Netzah Yehuda, the army releases pamphlet titled ‘Defending the Nation, Guarding the Torah’ to help Israel’s ultra-orthodox soldiers operate without Shabbat desecration.
By Yoav Zitun
In the early morning hours of last Saturday, members of Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi (ultra-Orthodox) battalion – participated in a special forces operation in the Jenin refugee camp. The haredi soldiers were securing the perimeter of the area of operations; they may have wondered to themselves whether they broke Shabbat before and after the complex operation.
IDF members in Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi battalion – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The IDF admits to the difficulties of catering to haredi soldiers and has produced an instructions manual for the battalion, in an attempt to solve a few of the dilemmas faced by religious soldiers who participate in operational actions on Shabbat. Continue Reading »
Haredi demonstration expected to bring transportation chaos to Israel’s capital.
Jerusalem’s light rail & local buses to be seriously affected.
Traffic chaos is expected in Jerusalem this afternoon due to the scheduled mass demonstration by Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) opposed to the government’s proposed military draft law.
Ultra-Orthodox protesters make their way to a rally against the military draft bill, March 2, 2014.- Photo: Emil Salman
Jerusalem Police expect hundreds of thousands to attend the demonstration, which will take place in the area of the Bridge of Strings, at the main entrance to Jerusalem, and in the roads leading to it. Continue Reading »
Clashes & arrests reported with Haredim holding protests in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak & other cities with haredi communities.
The demonstrations are being organized by radical haredim and are held in protest at gov’t move to withhold funds to yeshivas.
By Ynet reporters
Thousands of haredi men held protests throughout the country Thursday, following the arrest of a haredi draft-dodger and against the backdrop of a bill intended to enforce the enlistment of haredi youths into the IDF.
Twelve haredi men were arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace at one demonstration in Jerusalem.
Earlier Thursday, Finance Minister Yair Lapid decided to freeze all the funds intended for yeshivas in the wake of a High Court ruling that the State must stop funding yeshiva students who had not enlisted. Continue Reading »
Ultra-Orthodox IDF soldiers participate in development of new & advanced electronic warfare system.
A., 29, thankful for the opportunity to ‘give not only to the army, to the people of Israel, but also to the place from which I come as someone setting a precedent’.
By Yoav Zitun
far from the limelight, haredi soldiers serving in the army are racking up impressive accomplishments. Ultra-Orthodox soldiers serving in the army’s Computer Services Directorate have recently completed development of an advanced electronic warfare system, which significantly improves the operational abilities of forces along the nothern and Gaza borders.
I., one of the program graduates – Photo: IDF Spokesperson
The secret system provides an operational solution to a gap which existed within the army in terms of daily security. Continue Reading »
Blamed by rookie finance minister for Israel’s huge deficit, the ultra-Orthodox MKs accuse Lapid of inciting hatred & scapegoating them to divert attention away from his planned tax hikes.
Haredi Knesset members are firing back following Finance Minister Yair Lapid‘s bitter diatribe at the Knesset plenum on Monday.
“He’s using the haredim as a means of distraction and a way to avoid the real questions about the enormous measures he’s imposing on the public,” said MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) who confronted Lapid at the plenum. “It will be because of him that Israelis take to the streets again soon enough.” Continue Reading »
Websites & media outlets post photo of Haredi man inside a large plastic bag during his flight to Israel, sparked speculation as to his motives.
A photo posted on Facebook showing a Ben-Gurion Airport flight has caught the attention of international media. In the picture, a haredi man can be seen sitting in his seat on a commercial flight wrapped in a large plastic bag.
Haredi in plastic bag. – Photo from: New York Daily News
The New York Daily News offered an explanation. The man is said to be a Kohen, and as the aircraft flew over a cemetery, he covered himself in a plastic bag so he could remain pure. Continue Reading »
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