According to Israel Radio Reshet Bet military correspondent Carmela Menasha, enforcement of a new draft law reality mustn’t fall on the back of the military, but the national government. She explains that the military is not equipped for such an assignment, lacking a military police force and infrastructure that can run around the country and begin arresting chareidim en masse. The only way such a system can be enforced is by the national government imposing monetary sanctions against draft evaders.
ISRAEL RADIO: Is the IDF capable and ready to begin inducting thousands of chareidim next month, in August 2012?
MENASHE: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz says he is, but I can tell you this is not the case. can you expect an IDF chief to give you a different response? I am telling you however that the IDF cannot absorb thousands of new chareidi recruits in the coming weeks or months.
There will be a need for another Bakum induction & absorption center as well as additional induction centers around the country. The IDF cannot come close to absorbing 60,000 chareidim in the near future.
The IDF has yet to begin formulating a serious plan to address this new reality. One cannot expect such radical a change from one day to the next.
Today for example, a chareidi soldier cannot receive glatt food for this is far more expensive. The proper budgets, kitchens and other logistics must first be put into place before large numbers of chareidim can be drafted.
ISRAEL RADIO: So the bottom line is the IDF is not ready?
MENASHE: The IDF says it is ready but I am telling this simply is not the case. It cannot and will not occur overnight
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)