Moshe Yaalon
Moshe YaalonIsrael News photo: Flash 90

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Sunday that drafting hareidim into the military should be carried out gradually, and that criminal charges and other harsh sanctions against those who do not enlist are a bad idea.

"It will not lead anywhere,” he said, regarding sanctions. “The solution should come about gradually. The idea is to bring about the gradual enlistment of more and more hareidim and minorities.”

"The right way is to encourage enlistment, not through hatred. We do not carry out change with a blow of a sword, but through a process. That is the outline that is being drawn up, and which I hope will be accepted – one in which both hareidim and minorities will be enlisted.

Yaalon is expected to vote in favor of the recommendations of the Perry Committee for enlistment of hareidim.