IDF to enlist 300 ultra-Orthodox soldiers into 2 new haredi units

August 1, 2013 13:18

The IDF was set to enlist 300 haredi soldiers on Thursday into two new units which are being established to accommodate the specific requirements of ultra-Orthodox recruits, Army Radio reported.

One of the new units will be called Netzah Yehuda, while no specifics have been given for the second unit mentioned in the report.Despite the recent incidences of threats and harassment of haredi soldiers, there are now 3,500 Orthodox soldiers serving in the IDF, and plans to have 10,000 within the next five years.

A survey released by the IDF on Wednesday said that 85% of haredi soldiers are proud to serve in the IDF.

Science and Technology Minister and chairman of the Peri Commitee which focuses on equalizing Israel's enlistment burden, Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid) , was pleased with the results of the survey.

"I am extremely satisfied with the size of the last group of yeshiva students that enlisted into the Nahal Haredi unit," said Perry, "More than 70% of yeshiva students want to contribute, enlist and bear the burden."

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