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Jerusalem - Meetings Underway Aimed At Drawing Up Amendment To Haredi Draft

Published on: August 18, 2015 12:00 PM
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FILE - Israeli Knesset Member Meir Porush of the United Torah Judaism Party is handcuffed to the podium in the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 July 2013, as he protests the law stating that ultra-Orthodox Jewish men must serve in the Israeli army, or carry out community service. EPAFILE - Israeli Knesset Member Meir Porush of the United Torah Judaism Party is handcuffed to the podium in the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 July 2013, as he protests the law stating that ultra-Orthodox Jewish men must serve in the Israeli army, or carry out community service. EPA

Jerusalem - Reps for United Torah Judaism (UTJ) have confirmed that secret meetings have been taking place over the past six months between UTJ MKs and officials at the Ministry of Defense for the purpose of drawing up an amendment to the previous administration’s conscription law pertaining to Haredis.

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ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1EA5HXF) reports that officials form both sides have been diligently trying to agree on a “legal formula” that would protect Haredis choosing not to enlist while having enough teeth to sustain any challenge at the Supreme Court level.

The secretive talks were set in motion when the allowance for such an amendment was agreed upon by teams from Likud and UTJ before passing the state budget.

In confirming the meetings, a UTJ official said, “The UTJ party will do all it can in order to allow Torah students to continue studying Torah without interruption.”


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 Aug 18, 2015 at 01:41 PM albroker Says:

No Jew should serve in an army that protects a government that tortures Jews, destroys Jewish homes and shuls and allows for Jewish women to bear Muslim children. It is assur to serve in an army like that.

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 Aug 18, 2015 at 01:48 PM anonymous Says:

Discussing Haredi draft is like discussing peace with Arabs; both of which will never come about.

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 Aug 18, 2015 at 04:44 PM yosher Says:

Make it a volunteer army, no draft. See how quickly a majority of Yeshivas dwindle and with that the control of Rebbes and Rabbonim over peoples lives. After the Viet Nam war ended, loads of Yeshivas closed due to decreased registration.

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 Aug 18, 2015 at 05:49 PM Tea Party Says:

Make no mistake guys. The army issue is hot air and a bunch of balony for charedim. Why are'nt they discussing how charedim can go to work with no army or some limited civil service like R Aron Lieb proposed years ago. Because the charedim in EY have an ill conceived shita. They believe anything secular whether work or army is trief. They want everyone to stay poor and in yeshiva. Its the same reason why we are adopting kollels not jobs.

Do you guys know that under the new tal law those currently over 24 can work with no army service at all. So where are all the accountants, lawyers, IT guys, nurses?
The charedim believe the only way to serve hashem is by stying in a cave. However, what did hashem tell R eliezer ben R shimon ben yochai after he got mad at the farmer for working and caused is field to burn down. Our job is to work the land yet still serve hashem. I am sorry but the charedim in EY have their heads screwed on worng.

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