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A haredi soldier prays during a drill.

Haredi draft bill delayed until after holidays

Intense negotiations are expected between the Simhat Torah holiday on October 1 and the return of the Knesset from its extended summer and holiday recess on October 15.

Extremist haredi men protest against jail sentences for draft dodgers.

Gov't given three months to pass new haredi enlistment law

Yesh Atid, which backed the government enlistment bill, said there was no reason to wait to pass the law, insisting that it not be changed “by even one letter” before going for its final votes.

Haredi man and IDF soldiers in Jerusalem.

The haredi draft bill shouldn’t be part of religion and state relations

Strategically when you mix up two separate issues, you may be liable to lose on both sides.


Going to Work

There is fear the new conscription bill could set Israel back, as haredim are able to once again postpone service, which has tended to be an indicator of integration into the economy.

Young haredim take part in a protest against mandatory IDF conscription, March 2018

The new conscription plan: Taking the easy route to inequality

Though many ultra-Orthodox politicians expressed outrage at the original publishing of this new bill, some view the proposal as a double achievement.


Former IDF chief working on plan to draft all haredim and Arabs

The draft plan could be a stepping stone for Gantz to enter politics.

IDF soldiers participating in the Or HaDagan Northern Command drill, September, 2017.

IDF reservists call to investigate US funding promoting draft-dodging

“It is our belief that the direct financing of activities that endorse draft dodging is unacceptable, especially between respectable allies and friends like the United States and Israel.”

Students pen letter refusing draft: IDF implements policy of racist gov't

The students called on other youth to question and refuse enlistment in the IDF.

WATCH: Police suppress Haredi draft protest with skunk water, force

Police have employed skunk water and other physical methods to disperse the crowds and have arrested at least 25 men so far.

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