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State Defends Hareidi Draft Amid Legal Battle

Three petitions submitted to the High Court provoke firm state response: the draft law is here to stay.Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Tova Dvorin, 10/6/2014, 5:18 PM

Vizhnitzer Rebbe Tells Men to Ignore IDF Summons

The instructions signal a break from the longstanding hareidi policy, to report to recruitment offices.Haim Lev, Gil Ronen, 4/22/2014, 1:44 PM

'Quiet Deal' to Release Yeshiva Student for Seder

Sources close to Shas Chairman Deri say IDF has agreed to free yeshiva student whose arrest sparked rioting.Haim Lev, Gil Ronen, 4/10/2014, 9:16 PM

Hundreds Protest Hareidi Draft Refuser's Arrest

The protesters are from the eida hareidit stream, which organized mass rallies in the past. Police arrest 5.Haim Lev, Gil Ronen, 4/10/2014, 4:29 PM

Rabbi Seeks Lapid's Dead Grandfather to Defeat Law

Leading hareidi rabbi sought help from beyond the grave for hareidi win in Beit Shemesh elections, and to defeat Enlistment Law.David Lev, 3/13/2014, 9:47 AM

Jewish Home MK Says He 'Put Holes' in Draft Law

MK Chetboun boasts of 'tricks' and 'games' that made law drafting hareidim 'completely different' from what was intended.Gil Ronen, 3/10/2014, 10:16 PM

Hareidi Soldiers Say Other Hareidim Abuse Them

Hareidi soldiers are suffering assaults and abuse from members of their own communities. It's linked to the draft law, IDF officials say.Tova Dvorin, 3/10/2014, 9:36 PM

Rabbi: Hareidi Community Should Thank Jewish Home

Rabbi Ya'akov Medan, in Arutz Sheva interview, notes Jewish Home campaigned to protect hareidi sector, should not be incited against.Tova Dvorin, 3/7/2014, 1:21 PM

'A Mandatory Draft is a Waste'

Israeli Freedom Movement leader Boaz Arad speaks to Arutz Sheva about the draft - and why he believes it should be abolished for everyone.Tova Dvorin , 3/4/2014, 12:21 PM

Gantz: Soldiers Can Live Full Religious Lifestyles

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz visits with troops of the Nachal Hareidi, while hareidi groups demonstrate in Jerusalem.David Lev, 3/3/2014, 2:12 AM

Opposition Head: Hareidi Draft Being Mishandled

Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog criticizes aggressive implementation of hareidi draft law, says more dialogue necessary.Ari Soffer, 3/2/2014, 10:28 PM

Bereaved Mother: Don't Insult My Son By Protesting

Hagit Rein, mother of IDF soldier Benaya Rein H”yd, said that religious Zionists had no place in the mass hareidi rally against the draftDavid Lev, 3/2/2014, 6:41 PM

Jerusalem Gearing Up for 'Million Man March'

Police, Magen David Adom, Hatzalah prepare for 'million man march' against draft. Public transport to come to a halt.Tova Dvorin, 3/2/2014, 2:55 PM

Association of Community Rabbis Skips March

Group headed by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu cancels plans to attend until Yated Ne'eman retracts incitement against Religious Zionist leader.Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin, 3/2/2014, 2:53 PM

Prayer Rally or Demonstration of Hate?

While official organizers of today's 'million man march' claim it's a prayer rally, hareidi newspaper headline shows otherwise.Tova Dvorin, 3/2/2014, 11:35 AM

Rabbi 'Shocked and Outraged' over Hareidi Rally

Another respected Religious Zionist joins the chorus of calls against the hareidi rally Sunday.Tova Dvorin, 3/1/2014, 9:21 PM

'We Are a Lighthouse in a Turbulent Storm'

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett rejects EU boycotts, the idea of land for peace, and complaints against the hareidi draft.Tova Dvorin, 2/28/2014, 2:27 PM

Hareidi Soldier Excels in Officers' Course

Nahal Hareidi soldier receives excellence award in officers' course, adding to the unit's long list of successes.Tova Dvorin, 2/28/2014, 11:30 AM

'Threats on My Life Don't Scare Me'

Yair Lapid issues statement on death threats, stresses that disagreements with the hareidi community are 'between brothers,' 'out of love.'Tova Dvorin, 2/26/2014, 9:45 PM

Deal Between Likud and Yesh Atid

Netanyahu supported criminal sanctions on hareidi evaders of army service in exchange for the appointment of MK Hanegbi to key committee.Tova Dvorin, 2/25/2014, 1:51 PM

Anti-Draft Groups Show Lapid and Bennett as Nazis

A mock-up photo of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid dressed up as Nazi officers and burning the Talmud was distributed on social networksDavid Lev, 2/24/2014, 9:45 PM

Shaked Committee Debates: Who is a Hareidi Jew?

Can the State determine a person's religiosity? MKs grapple with the issue.Tova Dvorin, 2/24/2014, 4:59 PM

Netanyahu: Take Action Against Nuclear Iran

Prime Minister opens his weekly cabinet meeting stressing unity - both of the Jewish people at home, and of the West against Iran.Tova Dvorin, 2/23/2014, 1:31 PM

'We Will Fight Until the Death'

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach declares intense opposition to hareidi draft law at anti-draft rally, encourages followers 'not to surrender.'Tova Dvorin, 2/23/2014, 8:04 AM

'No Hareidi Draft Dodger is Going to Jail'

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avihai Rontzki insists that enacting criminal sanctions for hareidi draft-dodgers is a mere formality.Tova Dvorin, 2/21/2014, 12:44 AM

MK Shelah: Ben Gurion Made a Big Mistake

Imposing criminal sanctions on hareidi draft dodgers will help 'correct a historical mistake,' says Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah.David Lev, 2/20/2014, 3:29 PM

Group: Lapid Thinks We're 'Idiots' on Draft Law

Lapid criticized for 'misleading' Israelis into believing that the 'equal service' issue had been resolved; 50,000 hareidim 'still exempt'.David Lev, 2/20/2014, 3:20 PM

Chief Rabbis Show Their Support for Hesder Program

Chief Rabbis Yitzchak Yosef and David Lau this week visited various Hesder yeshivas showing their support for a much maligned institutionDavid Lev, 2/20/2014, 2:19 PM

'Netanyahu Deceived Us'

Hareidi MK spits fire at the Prime Minister over criminal sanctions enactment in interview to Arutz Sheva.Tova Dvorin , 2/19/2014, 3:30 PM

'They Insult Our Rabbis, and We Remain Silent'

Jewish Home MK blasts hareidi Knesset MKs over 'ingratitude' to Jewish Home, Religious Zionist community.Tova Dvorin, 2/18/2014, 2:26 PM

Criminal Sanctions for Draft-Dodgers After Interim

The Shaked Committee reaches a compromise on hareidi draft-dodgers.Tova Dvorin, 2/18/2014, 9:46 AM

Shas Quits Shaked Committee Over Sanctions

Shas resigns from the committee working on the new draft law, cites disagreements regarding sanctions on hareidi draft evaders.Elad Benari, 2/18/2014, 3:46 AM

MK: Criminal Sanctions for Hareidi Draft-Dodging

MK Dov Lipman supports criminal sanctions for hareidi draft-dodgers, asks: why should they be different from anyone else?Tova Dvorin, 2/11/2014, 10:00 AM

Shelah: Only We Had Guts to Propose Service Cut

Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah praises the IDF's decision to cut army service from 36 to 32 months.David Lev, 2/11/2014, 12:14 AM

MK Lipman: Draft Law Will Unify the Nation

MK Dov Lipman discussed the new law on equitable IDF service with soldiers, and came away very optimistic.David Lev, 2/9/2014, 9:56 PM

MK Stern: Hareidim Must Live Up to Obligations

MK Elazar Stern says discussions about 'sanctions' by MKs dealing with drafting hareidi youth are unnecessary.David Lev, 2/9/2014, 4:54 PM

Zionist, Hareidi Yeshivas Fight Funding Cuts

Associations for Yeshivas across the religious spectrum join to petition High Court to cancel funding cuts for Torah study.Tova Dvorin, 2/9/2014, 3:02 PM

Sheftel: Draft Law 'Shameful, Scandalous'

Attorney Yoram Sheftel slams the Equal Burden Law calling for hareidi draft, claims it will encourage more men to dodge the draft.Tova Dvorin, 2/7/2014, 1:59 PM

IDF to Cut 40% of Staff Serving Outside Army Ranks

Move to affect non-IDF military personnel, such as police, Mossad, and the Shin Bet. Hareidim may replace lost manpower.Tova Dvorin, 12/11/2013, 7:39 PM

MK to IDF: Be Gentle With Yeshiva Student Arrests

In light of protests over draft-dodging arrest, MK David Azoulay calls for IDF to proceed with caution in dealing with yeshiva students.Tova Dvorin, 12/6/2013, 8:27 AM

Hareidim Protest For Release of Draft-Dodger

Hundreds demonstrate outside of Prison 6, where yeshiva student is being held for dodging draft; Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach in attendance.Tova Dvorin , 12/4/2013, 4:29 PM

Gantz: Hareidi Soldiers in IDF Will Remain Hareidi

In Shaked Committee meeting, IDF Chief of Staff states 'The IDF does not see the hareidi-religious community as an enemy.'Tova Dvorin, 11/27/2013, 10:48 PM

Report: Draft-Dodging Sanctions to Be Economic

New draft law for hareidi-religious sector set to impose economic sanctions - not criminal punishment - against draft-dodgers.Tova Dvorin and Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/19/2013, 1:23 PM

Bennett: Recruit Hareidi Emergency Personnel

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett wants to see tens of thousands of hareidi Israelis help out during national emergencies.David Lev, 8/5/2013, 4:11 PM

Official: Stop 'Nazi tactics' Against Soldiers

The IDF's head of planning and personnel said that attacks by hareidi groups against hareidi soldiers had a "Nazi tinge" to them.David Lev, 7/1/2013, 7:30 PM

Hareidi MK: Forced Enlistment? Israel Not Our Home

Hareidi MK: If Torah students are forced to enlist, ‘We will tell the world this isn’t the place for Torah observant Jews.’Maayana Miskin, 6/12/2013, 11:18 AM

Lapid to Hareidi Men: We Need You

Lapid tells hareidi men, ‘If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, it’s happening to you, too.’Maayana Miskin, 5/29/2013, 12:54 PM

R. Yosef: G-d Will 'Thwart' Hareidi Draft Plan

Shas spiritual advisor and former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef condemned the government for preparing to draft hareidi studentsDavid Lev, 5/26/2013, 5:39 PM

Bennett Threatened: 'You'll End Up Like Sharon'

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett recently received a threatening letter, apparently because of his plan to draft hareidi studentsDavid Lev, 4/11/2013, 2:52 PM

Labor Candidate: Don’t Enlist Hareidim

Left-wing newcomer surprises by opposing drive to recruit hareidi men. ‘It’s too late.’, 12/18/2012, 10:50 PM

Govt: Hareidi Enrollment in Nat'l Service Positive

Govt. officials praised a decision to admit 1,300 young hareidi men to the National Service program, while critics slammed the decision.David Lev, 12/9/2012, 5:32 PM