Barak praises plan to increase haredi IDF participation

January 9, 2011 12:46


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday praised the PMO's announcement that it will submit a proposal to increase the number of haredim drafted into the IDF and National Service, saying he agreed haredim should "carry more of the burden."

Barak said that the plan will improve the preparedness of some of the haredim to integrate into the workforce and will contribute to a gradual change in the way the haredi society relates to the IDF and National Service.

The defense minister stated that the IDF opens its doors to cooperate in this "national task."

He added that the real test will be in carrying out the plan, and that it is necessary to work hard in order to do so.

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