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  1/20/2012, Tevet 25, 5772

Justice Tal: IDF Does Not Want Hareidim


Retired justice Tzvi Tal, whose commission initiated a law deferring military service for yeshiva students, said, Friday, "The Tal Law was not implemented and therefore there is no need to extend it. The law failed because the army did not want haredim to enlist."

Interviewed by Yisrael Hayom,  Justice Tal said the army's difficulty in accepting soldiers from the hareidi-religious public was adapting to their needs in the fields of kosher food, Shabbat observance and issues related to serving with women. He said the law should not be revoked before a new framework for hareidi soldiers is requested because it would create confusion and contempt for the law."

The spokesperson's office of the Israel Defense Forces responded by saying, "in recent years the scope of integrating hareidim in the IDF has grown, and the intention is to double their numbers every year, and bring the number to 2,400 recruits in 2015. Unique frameworks have been defined for hareidi soldiers in order to enable the best and most significant service." A cabinet vote on renewing the law is scheduled for Sunday.