As members of the Ministerial Committee on sharing the burden headed by Minister Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid) convened on Monday 11 Sivan 5773, it appears the committee favors sanctions against chareidi draft evaders. There has been disagreement on the matter, with some favoring sanctions against yeshivos but not against individuals; however it now appears the committee will recommend both.
This being the case, a talmid yeshiva failing to report for duty will be listed as AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) as is done with non-frum inductees. In addition, Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) payments to said individual will be halted and he will be prohibited from leaving the country. The avreich will also lose arnona property tax and other reductions, and therefore, he will lose his status since all payments will halt. Committee members feel this is far more practical than sending military police to track down thousands of AWOL soldiers.
As the committee continues formulating the new chareidi draft law, organizers of last week’s protest outside the IDF Jerusalem Induction Center have already announced they are working on the next rally, which they believe will bring at least 100,000 participants. While that protest brought 40,000 people according to Israel Police, organizers feel that if HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita, Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, the Belzer Rebbe Shlita, the Gerrer Rebbe Shlita and other Gedolei Yisrael Shlita back the effort, they can easily bring 100,000 plus participants.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)