While the nation’s focus regarding sharing the burden is directed at chareidim and their mosdos, the IDF is not discriminating in pulling bnei Torah out of beis medrash. According to an Arutz-7 report, thousands of first year hesder talmidim have been drafted, apparently for three years. While the nation is so busy focusing on chareidim who do not serve, many members of the dati leumi community did not realize that the High Court decision disqualifying the Tal Law back in the summer of 2012 also removed the legal framework for the hesder yeshivot.
As such, the military is now drafting these bnei Torah to serve a full three years. In the hesder framework students study for their first year and then serve in the military for 18 months, returning to beis medrash 2.5 years of limud Torah. It appears that outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak does not wish to be accused of discriminating against chareidim, ordering the induction of the hesder talmidim too.
Hesder directors are quoted telling Arutz-7 the Defense Ministry did not inform them of any change. IDF officials confirm that the disqualification of the Tal Law removed the legality of the hesder framework too.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)