Haredi anti-draft protest 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The High Court of Justice refused on Wednesday to block Defense Minister Moshe
Ya’alon’s order that deferral letters go out to 608 haredim who have been
drafted into the IDF.
The court gave no explanation for the
Several groups have petitioned the court to order the Defense
Ministry to draft haredi men of military age immediately.
however, Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein notified the High Court that Ya’alon
wished to postpone drafting the 608 haredim into the IDF until at least
December. Ya’alon had ordered that deferral letters go out to the men in
question on August 6, absent any court order to the
Nonetheless, the state said it had delayed the immediate
dispatch of the deferral letters in order to give the court time to intervene
should it choose to do so.
The next hearing for the case is set for
August 20, so the court will still take up the issue of haredi men whose service
has thus far been deferred despite the July 31, 2012, expiration of the
so-called “Tal Law,” which had provided for deferrals.
The state has to
file an update on the situation 10 days before that hearing.
for Quality Government in Israel, one of the groups that has petitioned the High
Court to draft eligible haredi men, said it would be filing a request to the
court on Thursday to hold the hearing on its petition before August 18, when the
first batch of haredi men who have received conscription orders are slated for
The MQG argues that the defense minister does not have the
authority to defer the enlistment of these men, since there is no law on the
statute books permitting him to do so.