Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  2/1/2012, Shevat 8, 5772

‘Lone Soldiers’ in IDF Now Include Hareidi Youth


The term “lone IDF soldier” usually refers to olim without families in Israel but now includes hareidi religious youth rejected by their families for abandoning their way of life that precludes army service. Army service of hareidi religious youth has been an ongoing controversy in Israel, where the IDF had created a special hareidi religious unit in addition to the Hesder Yeshiva program that reduces a soldier’s service by one year and allows him to learn Torah for three years.