The United Torah Judaism party, which opposes the military draft for yeshiva students, is working behind the scenes to be part of the next government and has even talked to Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon to study his outline for addressing the matter, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Ma'ariv.
The daily reported that the call took place during a Sunday meeting about the Ya'alon outline. The vice-premiere said it included graded yearly increases while giving positive and negative incentives to yeshivas. He said draft-age members of the hareidi-religious community would be closely monitored, including biometric testing of those who really attend yeshivas to learn. During the first phase of the outline period, the exemption age will drop from 28 to 26 and the goal is to draft 6,000 hareidim to military and civilian service instead of 2,400 by 2016.