In an overwhelming vote of approval, the cabinet on Sunday, 21 Menachem Av 5773 approved the Peri Committee’s plan to draft bnei yeshivos. This represents another stamp of approval as the bill makes its way into the law books. The coalition is working at a brisk pace to complete the process prior to the summer recess.
Some of the main points include:
Perhaps the main point is that the bill sets goals for the drafting of chareidim. By the 2016-2017 draft, 5,200 bnei yeshivos will be called for service, explaining this number is commensurate with the number drafted in other communities in the nation. It represents 70% of the eligible draft in the chareidi community.
The plan entails developing a system that will ‘encourage’ compliance with the law, primarily by using state funding for mosdos as an impetus for yeshivos to make certain talmidim who have to report for service do so. An emphasis is going to be placed on monitoring; including compulsory reports from yeshiva directors and increasingly frequent visits to yeshivos by inspectors verifying that bnei Torah are indeed learning as they should. A unit will be overseeing the compliance and this will manifest itself in the ways mentioned along with other measures towards apprehending offenders.
Segregated induction centers will be established to accommodate chareidim entering the IDF or national service so they inductees are not compelled to mingle with the unisex induction base used today.
A new entity to address the national service aspect of the drafting of chareidim will be established with a goal of 6,000 by 2017.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)