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A group of ultra-Orthodox Jews angry over new laws requiring religious Israelis to enlist in the IDF organized a protest on Tuesday in front of the Israeli consulate in New York.
The dozens in attendance shouted "We don't want to get drafted" and some also read portions of the Torah chapters.
DF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz praised haredi soldiers on
Wednesday, and said that the army wants more ultra-Orthodox men to serve, while
emphasizing the importance of helping them maintain their religious
Gantz was speaking during a hearing of the Knesset’s special
committee on haredi national service enlistment, during which it was also
announced that the Finance Ministry had come to an agreement with the IDF to
provide the requisite funds for greater numbers of haredi soldiers.
IDF personnel are entitled to additional income subsidies if they are married
and have children.
The current bill for haredi enlistment proposes an
enlistment age of 21 for haredi men, by which time many are married and have
The haredi political and spiritual leadership insist that the
enlistment of members of the community be delayed until at least this age
because the late teens and early twenties are seen as a critical time for
ultra-Orthodox men to cement their identity and belonging within haredi
“The IDF supports haredi service,” Gantz said during the
hearing. “We’re talking about wonderful people, and everywhere [in the army]
that they have been integrated their contribution has been
The chief of staff emphasized the importance of ensuring
that haredi men enlisting to the IDF be able to maintain their identity and
haredi lifestyle while serving, praised them for their intelligence and noted
that haredi recruits had already made a contribution to the
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