IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz confirmed the details of a Channel 2 report released by Roni Daniel concerning the drafting of chareidim into the IDF.
According to the report, one-third of the chareidim will be taken into the IDF, one-third to serve in Israel police and a national service program, and one-third in a technological framework, to serve in the air force and intelligence corps.
As such, the military is setting up three new Nachal Chareidi battalions to accommodate the expect influx of frum soldiers as well as an addition Homefront Command battalion. Special companies will be established towards seeking to permit chareidim to serve near their homes. That means if avreichim live in Tzfas, the Homefront Command will seek to assign them to homefront facilities in that area.
The plan has not yet received the government’s stamp of approval. Once this occurs, the draft notices will begin rolling out to the general public.
The program also stipulates that an avreich who is 21-22 and is unable to serve in the military will receive a deferment and may enter the workplace without fear of being hounded for being illegal. On the other hand, the state will stop paying the yeshiva for this avreich.
The program is being called temporary, but it will serve as the basis for a more permanent arrangement.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)