Jerusalem Report

Rethinking the draft

How can conscription be modernized and improved to achieve Israel’s goals and maintain its security?

Female infantry soldiers of the Caracal Battalion carry a comrade on a stretcher
Photo by: DARREN WHITESIDE / REUTERS
ON MARCH 12, the Knesset passed a historic law calling for the conscription of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) men.

MK Ayelet Shaked of Bayit Yehudi, who led the Knesset committee that prepared the law, told The Jerusalem Post, “for 65 years, there was an exemption for all yeshiva students. The change the coalition made is proportionate and gradual and correct.”



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