Haredi anti-draft protest 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Haredim must serve in units that allow them to maintain their lifestyle but
without violating the rights of women in the IDF, Ministerial Committee for the
Advancement of the Status of Women chairwoman Limor Livnat said
The Likud Beytenu MK participated in a committee meeting on the
expected effects of haredi enlistment on women.
Livnat and Yesh Atid MK
Aliza Lavie – chairwoman of the Knesset Committee for the Status of Women – said
the Peri Committee on haredi enlistment must ensure equality for women in the
“We want to bring the haredim into the army and have a revolution,
which is very important to the IDF and Israeli society,” Livnat – a member of
the Peri Committee – stated.
“In order to do that, we have to make sure
the haredim in the army can keep their lifestyle as much as possible, without
harming the rights and status of women in the IDF.”
Livnat explained that
if a haredi unit has an event, they should not have a female singer, but if
there is an event with soldiers from many different units, there should be no
problem with female entertainers, but haredi soldiers should be exempt from
According to Livnat, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told the
Peri Committee “wonderful things” about women in the IDF, calling them a central
and important part of the army.
However, Livnat said, the army is a
male-dominated institution and the Peri Committee would not have had any women
on it if there had not been a public outcry and campaign by female
The IDF’s Adviser to the Chief of Staff’s for Women’s Affairs,
Brig.-Gen. Rachel Tevet Wiesel, said bases with haredi soldiers are not closed
“Haredi soldiers won’t have a female trainer, but there are
female technology officers on their bases. It’s complex,” she
“I am or my deputy is part of any discussion of this matter,
such as whether to open new jobs to haredim.”
Lavie called for
legislation that would require the IDF to issue reports on the status of women
in the army and the effects of haredi enlistment on women.
create a balance in order to protect the rights of all minorities in the army.
The IDF can meet this challenge, which is different from the others it deals
with,” she said.
According to Lavie, haredim need to feel wanted, secular
people must feel safe and the IDF must ensure equal opportunities for women.