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News and updates about Draft Law

'To jail and not the IDF!'

Dozens of extremists protest Draft Law in Jerusalem

Haredim blocked the intersection of Sarei Israel Street and Jaffa Road in central Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon in protest of the Draft Law.

Dozens of extremists protest Draft Law in Jerusalem

A-G opposes Draft Law Netanyahu seeks to advance

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara says Draft Law originally submitted by Benny Gantz in 2022 cannot be advanced as it is not up to date with the needs of 2024.

A-G opposes Draft Law Netanyahu seeks to advance

PM Netanyahu revives Draft Law submitted by MK Gantz

PM Netanyahu revives Draft Law approved in first Knesset reading in January 2022, calls on all parties which supported it then to stand behind it now as well.

PM Netanyahu revives Draft Law submitted by MK Gantz

Yeshiva students' children to lose daycare subsidies?

Finance Ministry proposes list of economic sanctions worth hundreds of millions of shekels, in effort to force haredi yeshiva students to enlist in the IDF.

Yeshiva students' children to lose daycare subsidies?

Rabbi Mazuz: Torah learners are exempted from enlistment

Former PM David Ben Gurion exempted Torah learners from enlistment 'so that he would not worse than Vespasian,' Rabbi Meir Mazuz says.

Rabbi Mazuz: Torah learners are exempted from enlistment

Draft Law crisis:

Deri accuses: 'Gantz is blocking all options for agreements'

Shas chief Aryeh Deri talks about potential Draft Law, says negotiations have arrived at a 'junction which seemingly can't be passed,' since MK Benny Gantz and his party refuse all options for agreements.

Deri accuses: 'Gantz is blocking all options for agreements'

Estimate:

Haredim will agree to draft up to 50% of yeshiva students

Representatives of haredi parties agree to Draft Law which would see enlistment of up to 50% of yeshiva students in the coming years, report says.

Haredim will agree to draft up to 50% of yeshiva students

Minister Arbel:

Haredim must realize: There's no moral option to continue this

Interior Min. Moshe Arbel speaks out on Draft Law, calls on haredi community to change its perspective, enlist in the IDF.

Haredim must realize: There's no moral option to continue this

Draft Law crisis:

Slonimer Rebbe's son requests - Lithuanian-haredi rabbi says 'no'

Lithuanian-haredi leader Rabbi Moshe Hillel Hirsch rejects proposal for mass protest against Draft Law, warning it would fan flames, potentially bring down government.

Slonimer Rebbe's son requests - Lithuanian-haredi rabbi says 'no'

Defense Min.: We will address Hamas brigades in Rafah 'soon'

'Hamas has ceased functioning as a military organization in most areas of Gaza, information gained from terrorists enables us to make difficult decisions,' Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says.

Defense Min.: We will address Hamas brigades in Rafah 'soon'

Minister points out:

Over 40,000 secular Israelis avoid draft every year

Following Supreme Court's decision to freeze funding for draft-age yeshiva students, MK David Amsalem points out glaring double standard.

Over 40,000 secular Israelis avoid draft every year

Haredi rabbi proposes solution to yeshiva budget cuts

Rabbi Dov Landa calls on haredim abroad to help support yeshivas, following warnings of impending budget cuts to haredi yeshivas in Israel.

Haredi rabbi proposes solution to yeshiva budget cuts

Attorney General to government:

‘Take steps to recruit haredim; do not compensate yeshivas’

In a letter to the Ministries of Defense and Education Attorney General instructs government to start recruiting haredim and prohibits compensating yeshivas in any way.

‘Take steps to recruit haredim; do not compensate yeshivas’

Interim order:

Supreme Court freezes funds to haredim eligible for enlistment

Supreme Court freezes support for yeshiva students eligible for enlistment, claims it issued order 'in light of Attorney General's position.'

Supreme Court freezes funds to haredim eligible for enlistment

Haredi MK:

'Without Torah learners, we have no right to exist in this land'

MK Moshe Gafni praises soldiers, prays they return home safely; notes that without Torah, the Jewish people have no future.

'Without Torah learners, we have no right to exist in this land'

Attorney General:

Prepare to begin drafting haredim on April 1st

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara submitted her answer to the Supreme Court regarding the draft law, saying that since the law has expired, nothing prevents the enlistment of yeshiva students.

Prepare to begin drafting haredim on April 1st

A-G to Supreme Court:

'Yeshiva students should be drafted to the army'

Attorney General provides response to Supreme Court contrary to the government's position, says preparations must be made immediately to draft yeshiva students and end the funding for those who do not enlist.

'Yeshiva students should be drafted to the army'

Porat Yosef Yeshiva head:

'Even students who don't learn full-time shouldn't serve in IDF'

Rabbi Moshe Tzadka says protection and safety of IDF soldiers depends on the learning of haredi yeshiva students, even those who don't learn full-time.

'Even students who don't learn full-time shouldn't serve in IDF'

Minister reveals:

Number of haredim in civil service has increased

Settlement Minister Orit Strock speaks up on Draft Law, says number of haredim in civil service roles has increased.

Number of haredim in civil service has increased

Draft law:

Haredi party threatens to leave government

Sources negotiating the Draft Law said on Wednesday evening that United Torah Judaism had raised the threat of secession and demanded the removal of the threat of economic sanctions and quotas.

Haredi party threatens to leave government

Gallant won't support Draft Law

Defense Minister reiterates he will not support any Draft Law that does not have the support of all parties in the government as bill set to be presented this week.

Gallant won't support Draft Law

MK Moshe Saada:

Sa'ar demand justified. War Cabinet must be diverse

MK Moshe Saada is pleased with Minister Gideon Sa'ar's resignation from the National Unity party and believes it is possible to reach an agreement on a new draft law that will also include the Arabs.

Sa'ar demand justified. War Cabinet must be diverse

Lithuanian-haredi leadership discusses Draft Law

MKs Uri Maklev, Yakov Asher, present Draft Law proposal to Lithuanian-haredi leadership, receive their feedback.

Lithuanian-haredi leadership discusses Draft Law

After the uproar:

Sephardi Chief Rabbi explains himself

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi, clarifies: Comments were directed against the recruitment of those engaged in Torah learning, those who do not study 'absolutely forbidden from finding excuses not to serve.'

Sephardi Chief Rabbi explains himself

More than 80% Israeli Jews: Cancel IDF exemption

Despite Israel's Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef’s warning, 74% of haredi Jews say that even if they had the option of emigrating from Israel, they would not do so.

More than 80% Israeli Jews: Cancel IDF exemption

Rabbi David Stav:

'Free the yeshiva students from the politicians'

The head of the Tzohar Rabbinical organization proposes a novel approach to the issue of haredim drafting into the IDF.

'Free the yeshiva students from the politicians'

Haredi parties set conditions for Draft Law

Haredi parties support enlistment of haredim who are not studying in yeshiva, insist each individual be allowed to choose whether or not to remain in yeshiva.

Haredi parties set conditions for Draft Law

MK Liberman:

Strip draft dodgers of daycare subsidies

MK Avigdor Liberman says he will submit a bill to strip yeshiva students who do not do mandatory service of multiple rights and benefits, including the ability to leave Israel or receive daycare subsidies for their children.

Strip draft dodgers of daycare subsidies

Gallant to critics:

'Sorry to disappoint, I'm staying in Likud'

Defense Minister responds to criticism of his support for Gantz on the Draft Law issue, calls on politicians to 'learn from the soldiers' and stop attacking each other.

'Sorry to disappoint, I'm staying in Likud'

Regev: 'Gallant's demand was a mistake'

Transportation Minister Miri Regev criticized Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for demanding that the Draft Law be supported by all members of the emergency government.

Regev: 'Gallant's demand was a mistake'

Likud MK:

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

MK Amit Halevi points out 'the elephant in the room' regarding calls for haredim to enlist.

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

MK Matan Kahana:

'Haredim have a chance to solve a years-long problem

'Since October 7, question of enlistment is no longer a social question, but an existential one,' MK Matan Kahana says.

'Haredim have a chance to solve a years-long problem

Government considering replacing AG for draft case

Cabinet ministers say that they will not use the Attorney General as legal counsel in the Supreme Court if she does not change her opinion on the haredi Draft Law.

Government considering replacing AG for draft case

Defense Minister:

'All must bear burden of service, including haredim'

Defense Minister Gallant says he will not support Draft Law unless Gantz also supports it, says victory in the war requires all parts of society to share the burden of service.

'All must bear burden of service, including haredim'

Supreme Court to State:

Explain: Why not enlist yeshiva students?

Supreme Court justices demand State explain why yeshiva students should not enlist, freezes reduction of military service for haredim.

Explain: Why not enlist yeshiva students?

Hundreds protest in Jerusalem for 'equal draft'

Parallel to Supreme Court hearing, hundreds protest in favor of drafting haredim; haredi groups hold counter-protest insisting, 'I will not draft to an army of Torah destruction.'

Hundreds protest in Jerusalem for 'equal draft'

Likud members reject proposed Draft Law

Multiple figures from the Likud party wrote to the Prime Minister demanding that the Draft Law be temporary, until a more equal arrangement can be reached.

Likud members reject proposed Draft Law

Message to Netanyahu:

UTJ minister: If the Draft Law isn't approved, I will resign

Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf in interview: As soon as the Draft Law is not passed, I will resign.

UTJ minister: If the Draft Law isn't approved, I will resign

Haredi minister threatens:

Judicial reform won't advance until Draft Law passes

Min. Yitzhak Goldknopf, head of United Torah Judaism, warns, 'Netanyahu made a commitment to pass Draft Law - he needs to fulfill it.'

Judicial reform won't advance until Draft Law passes

Shas chief breaks his silence:

Draft Law to be coordinated with IDF

Shas chief Aryeh Deri breaks his silence and talks about the Draft Law. 'We can work quietly and achieve a good outcome.'

Draft Law to be coordinated with IDF

Coalition sources: Opposing Draft Law may bring down government

Coalition sources warn that opposition to the Draft Law is greater than it seems, even within the coalition itself.

Coalition sources: Opposing Draft Law may bring down government

Goldknopf:

'No judicial reform without Draft Law'

UTJ head says govt. may collapse if the Draft Law exempting yeshiva students from IDF service is not passed.

'No judicial reform without Draft Law'

Haredi parties to Netanyahu: No more compromises on Draft Law

'We are not interested in whether or not there'll be a reform - on the Draft Law, we will not compromise,' haredi source tells PM Netanyahu.

Haredi parties to Netanyahu: No more compromises on Draft Law

Religious Affairs Minister:

Haredim obligated to enlist - just like every other citizen

Min. Michael Malkieli speaks about Draft Law, says no intention to push for blanket exemption for haredi community.

Haredim obligated to enlist - just like every other citizen

Yisrael Beytenu MK to INN:

'Israel will pay a heavy price over the Draft Law'

MK Oded Forer accuses the government of only caring about its own survival.

'Israel will pay a heavy price over the Draft Law'

Lapid slams Draft Law: 'End of the people's army'

Opposition leader accuses Foreign Minister Cohen of irresponsibility in Libya meeting, says new elections necessary as soon as possible.

Lapid slams Draft Law: 'End of the people's army'

Lapid favors gradual Draft Law and a unity government

Opposition leader speaks with activists on Zoom: The goal is to topple this terrible government.

Lapid favors gradual Draft Law and a unity government

Are haredi MKs weighing changes to the Draft Law proposal?

MKs Moshe Gafni, Uri Maklev, visit top rabbi to discuss possibilities for Draft Law bill.

Are haredi MKs weighing changes to the Draft Law proposal?

Shas minister:

'Being haredi not a reason to be exempt from military service'

Health and Interior Minister on Draft Law: Being haredi is not a reason to be exempt from service, but Torah study should not be illegal.

'Being haredi not a reason to be exempt from military service'

Bnei Brak:

National Unity chairman visits haredi yeshiva

The meeting with haredi leaders comes as the Likud party has announced that it may not uphold coalition agreements on the draft law.

National Unity chairman visits haredi yeshiva

Haredi parties:

'We will not agree to mandatory service'

Representatives of haredi parties make clear they oppose mandatory service for haredim, even in a civil-national framework.

'We will not agree to mandatory service'

Otzma Yehudit MK:

'I think all haredim need to enlist in the army'

'We need to create the right framework for haredim, so that they can come and serve,' MK Almog Cohen stresses.

'I think all haredim need to enlist in the army'

Haredi leaders back down from Draft Law demands

A meeting with the Defense Minister has produced understandings regarding the Draft Law for the haredi community.

Haredi leaders back down from Draft Law demands

Report: Judicial reform to be frozen, Draft Law passed

PM Netanyahu and his coalition recalculate course following pressure from haredi parties and concerns about IDF preparedness.

Report: Judicial reform to be frozen, Draft Law passed

Senior minister to INN:

'The Draft Law could bring down the government'

Senior minister expresses concerns over haredi parties' reluctance to compromise on the Draft Law.

'The Draft Law could bring down the government'

Report:

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

Shas, UTJ, reportedly seek to have judicial reforms frozen to allow for passage of Draft Law.

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

Shas chief: UTJ liable to harm Draft Law approval

MK Aryeh Deri warns 'unnecessary words' by United Torah Judaism liable to hurt ability to pass Draft Law.

Shas chief: UTJ liable to harm Draft Law approval

Religious Affairs Min.:

In left-wing government, haredim wouldn't be fried

'Haredi parties have never submitted a bill on religious matters, unless Supreme Court forced Knesset to intervene,' Min. Malkieli says.

In left-wing government, haredim wouldn't be fried

Haredi party demands one of two options for solving draft crisis

United Torah Judaism demands PM Netanyahu legislate either Override Clause or Basic Law: Torah Study, alongside new Draft Law.

Haredi party demands one of two options for solving draft crisis

Netanyahu pushes for concessions in haredi draft law

The Prime Minister asked haredi party leaders to drop controversial parts of the haredi draft law.

Netanyahu pushes for concessions in haredi draft law