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Religious soldiers pray during training

The haredi draft management office is falling apart

Some key officers and soldiers that help run the section for drafting haredis into the IDF have left, thus leaving a critical manpower shortage in the department.

Elite troops of the IDF will contribute to Israel's fight against coronavirus

IDF kicks off recruitment for field units under coronavirus restrictions

New recruits were asked to arrive without accompanying family members or friends to avoid unnecessary gatherings.

Deni Avdija heads to Washington to start NBA career

Wizards pick Israeli phenom 9th overall in draft • Yam Madar also selected in 2nd round by Boston Celtics


Coronavirus won’t turn the Middle East all warm and fuzzy – analysis

Regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic, Israel still has extremely significant defense and strategic challenges.


Liberman announces conscription at 18 for ultra-Orthodox, Arabs

Yisrael Beytenu leader says stagnation of ultra-Orthodox enlistment means that previous, compromise legislation no longer relevant

A man walks into an US army recruiting center in Hollywood

Fake text messages call up US citizens for military draft

The draft was last in effect in 1973 and the military has been an all-volunteer force since then.

“A” in his uniform during shooting practice in the IDF

IDF drafts thousands of new soldiers to combat, field units

The IDF Technology and Logistics unit prepared for the newcomers with tens of thousands of belts, berets, uniforms and kits that include sewing tools, rubber bands, and the like.

Haredi anti-draft protest in Lower Mahnattan, June 9, 2013.

A lifetime of unemployment and government handouts

Facing overwhelming numerical superiority on the battlefield, from the moment of its establishment in 1948, tiny Israel had no choice but to build a strong military powered by universal conscription.

Extremist haredi men protest against jail sentences for draft dodgers.

Bus runs into Haredi protestors in Jerusalem

The Haredi protestors were blocking the Shabbat Square intersection in Jerusalem in protest against the arrest of a girl who claimed she was religious to avoid drafting into the IDF.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the 57th Israel Prize ceremony, 2019.

Bennett’s haredi enlistment plan panned as ‘law for draft evasion’

MK Elazar Stern: Why would the ultra-Orthodox volunteer for the IDF at 21 when they could go and study or go to work?

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