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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Supreme Court: Haredi draft law not a sham

That didn't take long.

On Wednesday, the Knesset enacted the 'equal burden' law designed to draft Haredim into the IDF.

On Wednesday an appeal was filed saying that the law is a sham that does not go far enough.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal.

The High Court appeal was lodged against the Knesset, the Government and the Defense Minister, by the Forum's Itai Ben Horin and Eitan Ginzburg, Deputy Mayor of Raanana.
The appeal claims that the law “does not improve upon the Tal Law, which was cancelled, but in fact makes inequality greater.”
The enlistment goals spelled out in the new law constitute a small proportion of the yareidi yeshiva student population, the appelants said. “For instance, the enlistment goal for 2017 will be 5,200 yeshiva students, a goal that all agree is not high – thus continuing the Tal Law arrangement that has already been found to be unconstitutional.”
In addition, the appelants noted, the enlistment goal is for eight annual enlistment cycles-- i.e., for hareidi men aged 18-26. “In other words, out of about 70,000 yeshiva students, we are talking in reality about less than 8% of the hareidim who are supposed to serve, whether it be in military service or national-civilian service. Of course, this is a far cry from the government's declarations about enlisting 70% of those eligible for service.”
"Again, we see that there is no leadership in Israel, and therefore we have no choice but to appeal again to the High Court, which is the last defender of the value of service in Israel.”
Can't wait until they get to the budget for prison construction. Or maybe they just pan to build huge outdoor pens. 

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At 6:08 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm having trouble figuring out these figures. Does the "5,200 yeshiva students" "enlistment goal for 2017" mean 5,200 new recruits? In which case over the course of 8 years there will be 40,000 recruits - or 70% of young chareidim? Or does it mean 5,200 chareidi soldiers, which would be the 8%.
As for the "1,800 exemptions" I have the same confusion there. Since 1,800 exemptions a year would amount to 30% of the young chareidi public (yes, I am purposely avoiding using the phrase yeshiva students, although most of them are) I am assuming that "the Forum" has misread the law.
Well, Moshe Feiglin now officially has 3 years to become PM and implement sanity in Israeli politics.


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