Barak expects interim increase in haredi enlistment

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 6, 2012 15:41

The IDF will work to increase haredi enlistment until the Knesset finds a replacement for the Tal Law, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday.

The military's priorities as it puts together its interim proposal by the end of August, Barak said, are to 1) increase haredi enlistment, 2) increase enforcement and 3) promote haredi entry into the workforce. The current system, by which yeshiva registry allows haredim to defer army service time after time is "not right" for Israel and must be changed.

The army hopes to integrate Haredim both in combat roles and in functional positions such as police, prison services and, eventually, MDA rescue services as well, the minister added.

Barak also added that service should, in the long run, by shortened, and pay increased for soldiers.


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