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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

Rabbi Melamed: Don't Force Hareidim into Military


Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Dean of Beit El Yeshiva and a leading figure in religious Zionism, clarified on Tuesday his opposition to plans to force hareidim to enlist into the military or carry out alternative national service. "Any coercion in cutting down the number of Torah students or cutting their stipend will cause greater alienation of the hareidi public and widen the rifts in the nation, and contribute nothing to equality in bearing the burden of citizenship," Rabbi Melamed said. "This must be opposed with great vigor," he stressed.