Senior haredi rabbi open to proposal regarding IDF draft

February 12, 2013 01:39

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, a spiritual leader in the ultra-Orthodox world, is reportedly not opposed to a proposal for increasing haredi enlistment drafted by Professor Yedidya Stern, a former member of the Knesset’s Plesner Committee, which deliberated on the issue last summer.

Stern, the vice president of the Israel Democracy Institute, has not released details of his proposal yet, but told The Jerusalem Post that its terms lie somewhere between the less stringent proposal of Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon, which was put forward before the Knesset’s summer recess, and the solution being proposed by the Yesh Atid party.

Stern has been in communication with several deans of haredi yeshivas whom have been authorized by Shteinman to look into the matter, and the principles of his plan have been presented to the rabbi. While Shteinman has reservations about the plan, he feels that its principles are acceptable.

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