Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, a spiritual leader in the ultra-Orthodox world, is
reportedly not opposed to a proposal for increasing haredi enlistment drafted by
Professor Yedidya Stern, a former member of the Knesset’s Plesner Committee,
which deliberated on the issue last summer.
Stern, the vice president of
the Israel Democracy Institute, has not released details of his proposal yet,
but told The Jerusalem Post that its terms lie somewhere between the less
stringent proposal of Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon, which was put
forward before the Knesset’s summer recess, and the solution being proposed by
the Yesh Atid party.
Stern has been in communication with several deans
of haredi yeshivas whom have been authorized by Shteinman to look into the
matter, and the principles of his plan have been presented to the rabbi. While
Shteinman has reservations about the plan, he feels that its principles are