Two days after the Perry Committee failed to agree on the language of legislation that would require universal conscription, a poll commissioned for Channel 99 on Tuesday indicates that two-thirds of the public would support imposing criminal charges against ultra-Orthodox youths who evade the draft.
The study, which was performed by Dr. Mina Tzemach of the Midgam polling research center, showed that 67 percent backs jail and prison sentences for haredim that refuse army service. On the other hand, 28 percent held the opposing view.
According to the poll, 64 percent of the public supported extending the length of army service for students of the national-religious hesder yeshivas. These students are normally permitted to study Torah before they perform a shorter tour of duty than their secular counterparts. Just 29 percent disagreed with this view.