Officials report “a sharp increase” in the number of chareidim signing up for national service over recent days. It appears a growing number of chareidim feel there will be a military draft and joining a national service program now will eliminate this fear from their lives.
In actuality, the numbers of chareidim signing up began increasing after the High Court of Justice declared the Tal Law illegal. In April 2012, 72 chareidim joined a national service program as compared to 43 in April 2011.
May showed an additional increase to 103 (compared to 80 in 2011), June 159 (74/2011), and on Wednesday, 7 Tammuz 5772, 77 chareidim arrived to sign up, more than the entire month of June in 2011.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)