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Haredi Draft Law

News and updates about Haredi Draft Law

Survey:

29% of haredim favor draft of those not studying Torah

The survey comes on the background of intensifying protests against the mandated draft of any haredi men.

29% of haredim favor draft of those not studying Torah

Haredim seek Supreme Court injunction against drafts during case

The 'Union of Yeshivot in Israel' submitted an urgent request for an interim order to prevent the drafting of haredim for military service until a final decision in the case regarding the haredi draft law.

Haredim seek Supreme Court injunction against drafts during case

How yeshiva students fooled protesters

Demonstrators near the Slabodka Yeshiva called for the dean to come out and hear their complaints about haredim not enlisting. The students made them think he had.

How yeshiva students fooled protesters

Haredi spiritual leader:

'Only Yeshiva students bear the burden'

Rabbi Dan Segal commented on the Supreme Court's decision regarding the non-recruitment of haredim to the IDF, arguing that only Yeshiva students truly bear the burden of defending the country.

'Only Yeshiva students bear the burden'

IDF considering civilian service for haredi students

A proposed program would see a separate academy established to train haredi students to secure towns in Judea and Samaria.

IDF considering civilian service for haredi students

Gideon Sa'ar:

War Cabinet seat for supporting haredi draft law

MK Sa'ar claims that he was offered a seat in the war cabinet in exchange for supporting the new haredi draft law.

War Cabinet seat for supporting haredi draft law

Likud MK:

'Draft law must go through us'

Yuli Edelstein, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chair, warns: 'Any attempt to circumvent the Knesset regulations and prevent the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from handling the draft law will meet an appropriate response.'

'Draft law must go through us'

Haredi basic training camp:

Special IDF plan for recruiting Haredim

A senior IDF officer notes that the special corps planned for the haredim in the army are not yet full, and says that an accelerated Haredi recruitment program 'will require concessions from the secular society.'

Special IDF plan for recruiting Haredim

New draft law to contain 'negative incentives'

In a break with several years of obstinence on the subject, the haredi parties have agreed to a law that would impose economic penalties on haredim who avoid army service.

New draft law to contain 'negative incentives'

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

Hesder Yeshiva Head:

'Torah scholars must join compulsory war'

Rav Yitzchak Sheilat believes that Torah scholars should go to war when it is a compulsory war and argued that they are not the tribe of Levi, as Rav Yitzchak Yosef claimed.

'Torah scholars must join compulsory war'

Poll:

70% of Israelis call for change to haredi draft law

A new poll shows that only in haredi society does the majority still believe that the existing draft exemption can continue.

70% of Israelis call for change to haredi draft law

Chief Rabbi:

'If they force us to enlist, we will leave Israel'

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef drew a wave of controversy when he stated that under no circumstances should the government force yeshiva students to serve in the IDF.

'If they force us to enlist, we will leave Israel'

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'

Council of Torah Sages:

‘No one can abandon the Torah’

The eldest member of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Bergman, clarified that he objects to any legislation that will force yeshiva students to recruit to the IDF.

‘No one can abandon the Torah’

Ben Gvir:

'We are going back to the same misconception'

National Security Min. Itamar Ben Gvir tells Arutz Sheva: 'Prime Minister is nearing the moment when he will have to make a decision, whether he is following Gantz's path or that of Otzma Yehudit.'

'We are going back to the same misconception'

Haredi extremists block Route 4 protest conscription

Dozens of haredi extremists blocked Highway 4 to protest the intention to recruit haredim to the IDF: 'We will die and we will not enlist.'

Haredi extremists block Route 4 protest conscription

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?'

Gantz presents plan for haredi draft

The new 'Israeli service law' will require nearly universal conscription, while opening numerous new destinations for enlisted youth.

Gantz presents plan for haredi 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

Religious Zionist MK:

'Haredim shouldn't apologize for Torah study'

MK Tzvi Succot says that the subsidies for Torah study are a positive thing, but that haredim should still enlist in the IDF.

'Haredim shouldn't apologize for Torah study'

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 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

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

Supreme Court refuses to issue draft orders for haredim

The court said that the law has expired too recently to order the entire haredi population drafted without appropriate preparation.

Supreme Court refuses to issue draft orders for haredim

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

Prime Minister Netanyahu has called together the heads of the haredi parties as the haredi draft exemption nears expiration.

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

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

Gafni vs Bennett:

Haredi MK: Why did God punish us with this psychotic PM?

Senior haredi lawmaker shouts at PM Bennett in Knesset plenum, calling him 'psychotic'.

Haredi MK: Why did God punish us with this psychotic PM?

Liberman: New haredi draft law is a 'vision of the end of days'

Finance Minister hails government's decision to back plan to encourage haredi yeshiva students to enter the workforce.

Liberman: New haredi draft law is a 'vision of the end of days'

'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

New haredi Draft Law to be voted on in coming weeks

Draft almost identical to that developed at behest of then-Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

New haredi Draft Law to be voted on in coming weeks

Draft Law granted its tenth extension

Government had vowed to bring Draft Law to very first cabinet meeting, but instead applied to Supreme Court for a six-month reprieve.

Draft Law granted its tenth extension

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

'Haredi Draft Law' in jeopardy as Yesh Atid vows to vote against

Former Finance Minister Yair Lapid blasts draft bill he previously backed, as court-imposed deadline nears.

'Haredi Draft Law' in jeopardy as Yesh Atid vows to vote against

Likud struggles to maintain support for Haredi Draft Law

As court-imposed deadline for new draft law nears, gov't looks to opposition parties to win majority in Knesset.

Likud struggles to maintain support for Haredi Draft Law

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 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

'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'

Yesh Atid: No reason to extend draft law deadline

Yesh Atid submits counter-appeal requesting Supreme Court not approve extending Draft Law deadline.

Yesh Atid: No reason to extend draft law deadline

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

Is 'sharing the burden' of military service a realistic goal?

Conversation with Yohanan Plesner on the question of whether it is right to force recruitment on the haredi public.

Is 'sharing the burden' of military service a realistic goal?

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

Possible Haredi split over Draft Law

Hassidic Agudat Yisrael will oppose the current bill but Lithuanian Degel HaTorah and Shas are still undecided and rumors abound.

Possible Haredi split over Draft Law

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

Defense Minister: We won't sacrifice values for Knesset seats

Yisrael Beytenu MKs will vote against draft law, but won't quit coalition unless forced to do so, Defense Minister Liberman says.

Defense Minister: We won't sacrifice values for Knesset seats

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