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  Nissan 11, 5774 , 11/04/14

Report: Declining Hareidi Enlistment Changes IDF Plans

The Israel Defense Forces have decided to freeze plans for an additional plans for an additional hareidi battalion in light of declining enlistment, according to a Friday report by the Yediot Ahronot daily. March enlistment was 140, down 30 percent from the previous enlistment. Last August a record 226 were inducted.

The IDF attributed the decline to the furor in the hareidi community over the new conscription law and abuse suffered by hareidim in uniform. A rabbi associated with the Nahal Hareidi's non-profit organization said increased active-duty requirements were a practical consideration because they were delaying the entry of married yeshiva students into the labor market.

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