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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 Young 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, 5 Arrested

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

Hareidi Rabbi Seeks Lapid's Dead Grandfather to Defeat Draft 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 Calls on Hareidi Community to 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: IDF 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 Leader Says Hareidi Enlistment 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 Participating in Protest

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 Over Incitement

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

Religious Zionist Leader 'Shocked and Outraged' by 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 Very 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 Talmud-Burning 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 Stresses Unity, Action Against Iran in Cabinet Meeting

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 Exempting Hareidim

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

Pro-Enlistment Group Says Current Measures Don't Go Far Enough

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 Yeshivas

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 Hareidi Draft-Dodgers - After 6 Months

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

Shas Quits Shaked Committee Over Criminal 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 Lipman Urges 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

MK Shelah: Only We Had the 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: We Hope Hareidim Will Live Up to Their 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 Join Forces to 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

Legal Expert: Draft Law 'Shameful, Scandalous' - and Ineffective

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 Non-Army Personnel

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 Calls on IDF To 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

Hundreds of Hareidi Israelis 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: A Hareidi Soldier in IDF Will Leave IDF 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, Not Criminal

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 Presents Plan to 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

IDF Official: Hareidi Tactics Against Soldiers Have 'Nazi Tinge'

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: If Govt. Forces Enlistment, Israel Won’t be 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 Ariel 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 Men's Enrollment in Nat'l Service a Positive Move

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