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.
New recruits were asked to arrive without accompanying family members or friends to avoid unnecessary gatherings.
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Regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic, Israel still has extremely significant defense and strategic challenges.
Yisrael Beytenu leader says stagnation of ultra-Orthodox enlistment means that previous, compromise legislation no longer relevant
The draft was last in effect in 1973 and the military has been an all-volunteer force since then.
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.
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.
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.
MK Elazar Stern: Why would the ultra-Orthodox volunteer for the IDF at 21 when they could go and study or go to work?