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Anti-draft protests

Radical haredim block Route 4 near Bnei Brak

Protesters affiliated with the community of Rabbi Tzvi Friedman, the leader of a subgroup in the Jerusalem Faction, blocked the road to protest the intention to conscript haredim in the IDF.

Radical haredim block Route 4 near Bnei Brak

State to Supreme Court:

‘Planning underway for immediate enlistment of haredim’

State responded to Supreme Court on recruitment of haredim: ‘Authorities are formulating a plan for gradual recruitment of haredim.’

‘Planning underway for immediate enlistment of haredim’

'We will die and not enlist'

Thousands of haredim protest draft in Jerusalem

Protesters from the extremist Jerusalem Faction carried placards reading: 'Either haredi or military,' 'I do not cooperate with the forced apostasy law,' and 'No compromises and no concessions.' One rabbi even compared Israel to Nazis.

Thousands of haredim protest draft in Jerusalem

A pro-Jewish look at the Haredi draft issue: Not black and white

The idea that all Jews are brothers, no matter what, is a basic, shared value in the one and only Jewish State, and everything that happens in it, controversies about haredi draft included, must rest on that truth. Opinion.

A pro-Jewish look at the Haredi draft issue: Not black and white

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

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'

Gallows in hand

Boys in anti-draft costumes raise controversy

Students of a Satmar elementary school marched in Jerusalem in shirts with the slogan: 'Enlistment or the gallows? Our answer is the gallows,' while carrying miniature gallows complete with a noose.

Boys in anti-draft costumes raise controversy

Nahal Haredi founder:

‘Find an amicable way to recruit haredim’

Brigadier General (res.) Yehuda Duvdevani: ‘Whoever isn’t studying, someone should put a hand on their shoulder and tell them to go do something good for the IDF.’

‘Find an amicable way to recruit haredim’

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'

Gallant's message that angered Netanyahu

Defense Minister reportedly says he will support whatever Benny Gantz supports on the issue of haredi conscription.

Gallant's message that angered Netanyahu

Haredi rabbis denounce journalists who praise soldiers

A strongly worded letter to the haredi community attacks journalists who praise soldiers and encourage IDF service for men and women.

Haredi rabbis denounce journalists who praise soldiers

Cabinet Secretary:

'We will push draft exemtion that's immune to judicial review'

Yossi Fuchs says Draft Bill will be advanced at the beginning of the winter session and will include an exemption for Torah students.

'We will push draft exemtion that's immune to judicial review'

Due to a lack of demand:

IDF to shutter two haredi companies

The IDF is preparing to close the Tomer and Hetz Companies after the haredi companies failed to meet enlistment goals.

IDF to shutter two haredi companies

Report: Government planning temporary haredi draft law

New law would lower army exemption age to 21 for a decade, encouraging haredi men to join the workforce while avoiding Supreme Court ruling.

Report: Government planning temporary haredi draft law

'A Historic Moment'

Haredim over 21 to be exempted from IDF draft

Government votes to lower draft exemption age for haredi men to 21 - before rising to 23. 'This is a historic moment,' says PM Bennett.

Haredim over 21 to be exempted from IDF draft

The cost of Avigdor Liberman

The cost of Avigdor Liberman

Inflated haredi draft numbers: 'The orders came from the top'

Former officer in IDF's manpower directorate who was involved in inflating of haredi draft numbers says orders 'came from the top.'

Inflated haredi draft numbers: 'The orders came from the top'

Report: IDF falsified statistics on haredi draft

For years, IDF's statistics on haredi enlistment have been exaggerated to prevent public criticism, report says.

Report: IDF falsified statistics on haredi draft

Amid warnings of new elections, coalition talks remain stalled

Despite threats by Netanyahu to dissolve Knesset and go to new elections, haredi lawmakers and Yisrael Beytenu fail to reach compromise.

Amid warnings of new elections, coalition talks remain stalled

Haredi faction offers compromise on yeshiva student draft law

United Torah Judaism looks to bridge gap with Yisrael Beytenu on haredi draft law, offers to accept Liberman's draft - with one change.

Haredi faction offers compromise on yeshiva student draft law

Why tens of thousands of haredim won't be voting in the election

Anti-draft Yerushalmi Faction calls on supporters not to participate in this week's election. How many seats will that cost haredi bloc?

Why tens of thousands of haredim won't be voting in the election

Dozens arrested as haredi protesters shut down Jerusalem roads

Hundreds of anti-draft protesters block roads in the capital, following arrest of haredi draft dodger.

Dozens arrested as haredi protesters shut down Jerusalem roads

Supreme Court: Haredi draft deferments to remain in place

Yeshiva students breathe sigh of relief as Supreme Court accepts request to push off nullification of draft law until after elections.

Supreme Court: Haredi draft deferments to remain in place

Coalition mulls future of haredi draft law - without haredi MKs

As gov't prepares to resume talks over haredi draft law, Netanyahu gathers coalition leaders. But haredi MKs say they will boycott meeting.

Coalition mulls future of haredi draft law - without haredi MKs

Haredi draft opponents gear up for protest rally

'Yerushalmi Faction' plans major protest after haredi draft dodger's arrest extended.

Haredi draft opponents gear up for protest rally

Supreme Court gives Draft Law extension - hours after it expires

After yeshiva students' draft deferment law expires, Supreme Court grants gov't less than 45 days to pass replacement legislation.

Supreme Court gives Draft Law extension - hours after it expires

Haredi Draft Law:

As deadline nears, gov't asks court for draft law extension

With just one week left to pass draft law securing yeshiva student deferments, PM to call on Supreme Court to grant additional extension.

As deadline nears, gov't asks court for draft law extension

Did IDF officer open fire in Meah Sharim?

IDF, police release conflicting reports on whether IDF officer injured by mob of rioters in haredi neighborhood fired shots.

Did IDF officer open fire in Meah Sharim?

'Government can solve haredi draft dilemma'

Knesset Speaker dismisses suggestions government likely to split over haredi draft law, says there is no reason to hold early elections.

'Government can solve haredi draft dilemma'

Gov't asks High Court for 7 month extension to pass Draft Law

Governmant says in its appeal that it is unable to finish legislation by looming deadline.

Gov't asks High Court for 7 month extension to pass Draft Law

Haredi lawmaker issues ultimatum on draft law

Dep Minister Yaakov Litzman gives coalition 1 week to come up with fix for controversial draft law, vows to quit gov't if no solution found.

Haredi lawmaker issues ultimatum on draft law

Poll: Israelis back end to deferments for yeshiva students

Following passage of controversial haredi draft law, poll shows most Israeli Jews back drafting nearly all yeshiva students into IDF.

Poll: Israelis back end to deferments for yeshiva students

'I don't want Arabs flying our F-16s'

Yesh Atid lawmaker defends plan to draft haredim - while leaving most of Arab population exempt from IDF service.

'I don't want Arabs flying our F-16s'

Bennett: Mass draft of haredim by force could backfire

Education Minister takes swipe at latest draft law aimed at yeshiva students, says haredi enlistment numbers rising even without new law.

Bennett: Mass draft of haredim by force could backfire

Haredi draft law to be voted on next week

PM announces plans to vote on contentious draft law, says details of bill will be worked out only after preliminary vote.

Haredi draft law to be voted on next week

'Back haredi draft law - or we'll dismantle the government'

Coalition chairman demands haredi lawmakers get behind proposed draft law, threatening new elections if haredi MKs don't support proposal.

'Back haredi draft law - or we'll dismantle the government'

Labor vows to vote down haredi draft law

Avi Gabbay says his party will oppose any law which does not 'share the burden' of military service equally.

Labor vows to vote down haredi draft law

Police investigate haredi group over anti-IDF street performance

Edah Haharedit reportedly organized street performance in which children were encouraged to hurl fruit at actor dressed as IDF soldier.

Police investigate haredi group over anti-IDF street performance

Haredi businessmen are threatening yeshiva deans, says rabbi

Sephardic-haredi rabbi says prominent religious businessmen demanding yeshiva deans not criticize IDF service in talks with their students.

Haredi businessmen are threatening yeshiva deans, says rabbi

9 injured during haredi anti-draft riots

Hundreds protest against IDF draft office in Jerusalem, clashing with police as officers hurl stun grenades at rioters. 4 officers injured.

9 injured during haredi anti-draft riots

Video: Extremists besiege religious soldier

Extremist haredi youths turned violent at the sight of a kippah-wearing soldier in uniform. An eyewitness recounts the experience.

Video: Extremists besiege religious soldier

28 arrested as haredi demonstrators block roads in Bnei Brak

Yerushalmi Faction protesters take to the streets to condemn arrest of haredi draft dodger. Highway 4 blocked as part of protests.

28 arrested as haredi demonstrators block roads in Bnei Brak

Haredi 'Draft Law' passes first reading in Knesset

Bill which sparked coalition crisis, divided government passes first reading in the Knesset, despite opposition from Yisrael Beytenu.

Haredi 'Draft Law' passes first reading in Knesset

No Early Elections:

Government averts coalition crisis, avoids snap elections

Following meeting between Netanyahu, Liberman, government committee approves compromise deal averting government collapse.

Government averts coalition crisis, avoids snap elections

Will last-minute deal prevent snap elections?

Netanyahu in talks with Defense Minister to end coalition crisis, prevent government collapse.

Will last-minute deal prevent snap elections?

Coalition Crisis:

Netanyahu government faces critical Knesset votes

Votes in the Knesset over the next 24 hours could determine whether coalition survives - or if early elections are inevitable.

Netanyahu government faces critical Knesset votes

Yerushalmi Faction to shut down Bnei Brak roads Monday

Extremist anti-draft haredi group plans follow-up demonstration in Bnei Brak, after group shut down traffic in Jerusalem last week.

Yerushalmi Faction to shut down Bnei Brak roads Monday

Haredi draft bill passes first hurdle

Following compromise agreement between PM, haredi factions, draft exemption law approved by Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

Haredi draft bill passes first hurdle

Yisrael Beytenu threatens to bolt coalition over Draft Law

'If haredi-backed draft law passes, we'll leave the government,' warns Defense Minister's Yisrael Beytenu faction.

Yisrael Beytenu threatens to bolt coalition over Draft Law

Coalition Crisis:

PM meets with UTJ head in last-ditch effort to avoid elections

Following week abroad, Netanyahu meets with haredi lawmaker in effort to resolve coalition crisis, prevent government collapse.

PM meets with UTJ head in last-ditch effort to avoid elections

Coalition Crisis:

Haredi leaders reject compromise on Draft Law

Coalition crisis deepens as UTJ leaders reject compromise offered to end crisis over draft law.

Haredi leaders reject compromise on Draft Law

Defense Minister:

'We will never surrender to haredi extortion'

Liberman rejects proposed Draft Law compromise aimed at ending coalition crisis, averting snap elections.

'We will never surrender to haredi extortion'

'Israel has been taken captive by haredi extremists'

Defense Minister launches a broadside on haredi parties over Draft Law impasse, accuses haredim of 'extorting' government.

'Israel has been taken captive by haredi extremists'

Haredi anti-draft radicals shut down Jerusalem streets

Anti-draft protesters launch first demonstration following death of Yerushalmi Faction leader.

Haredi anti-draft radicals shut down Jerusalem streets

Yisrael Beytenu MK: We're not willing to compromise on security

MK Oded Forer slams haredi parties for coalition crisis, says they're using MK fear of elections as an excuse for 'extortion.'

Yisrael Beytenu MK: We're not willing to compromise on security

Netanyahu, haredi MKs weigh proposal to end coalition crisis

'We'll join a left-wing gov't if necessary', warn haredi leaders, as PM floats possible compromise to secure passage of budget, Draft Law.

Netanyahu, haredi MKs weigh proposal to end coalition crisis

Bennett: Don't let your egos bring down the coalition

Education Minister Naftali Bennett calls on government to find a compromise on Draft Law as haredim threaten to topple coalition.

Bennett: Don't let your egos bring down the coalition

Haredi party threatens to quit coalition

Deputy Health Minister Litzman threatens to bring down coalition if haredi draft law is not passed before the budget.

Haredi party threatens to quit coalition

Defense Minister's party won't vote for haredi draft law

Yisrael Beytenu party promises to vote against the law unless it is properly discussed and relevant changes are inserted.

Defense Minister's party won't vote for haredi draft law

Jerusalem Faction left leaderless after rabbi's death

The extremist Jerusalem Faction searches for a leader after Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach's sudden death.

Jerusalem Faction left leaderless after rabbi's death