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Don’t Draft the Ultra-Orthodox

posted on July 9, 2012

At Tablet, Liel Leibovitz argues that the Israeli government should not move forward with its plan to draft “yeshiva students” who are currently exempt from service in the Israeli Armed Forces. “There are many reasons why abandoning the silly insistence on mandatory conscription makes perfect sense,” writes Leibovitz. “First among them is basic human dignity: Rather than treating the ultra-Orthodox like a foreign element, Israeli society would do well to opt for a solution that’s more welcoming and respectful. But the chief reason not to draft the ultra-Orthodox is that the army couldn’t need them less.”

Read at Tablet