Change without coercion
February 23, 2012 23:20
Integration is an evolutionary process that can be nurtured, even encouraged, but that cannot be forced.
Haredi combat soldiers 311.
(photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)
In the wake of the Tal Law’s demise, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu faces
tough choices. He could try to patch together yet another ad hoc Tal Law-like
arrangement with the haredi parties that would maintain, with a few cosmetic
changes, the present “status quo” that enables 60,000-plus draft-age haredi men
to skirt military service.Doing so would place him in direct
confrontation with Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Liberman, who has already
said publicly that he will not tolerate any more stopgap arrangements with the
ultra-Orthodox and that the time has come to settle the issue of haredi
draft-dodging once and for all.