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UPSIDE DOWN: Liberman Argues That Exempting Charedim From IDF Is “Harming Judaism”

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of “complete cynicism” for attempting to extend mandatory and reserve military service while keeping Charedim exempt from the draft.

During his party’s weekly faction meeting in the Knesset, Liberman argued that those who oppose widening the draft are “harming Judaism and the security of the state.” He pushed back against the Charedi argument that yeshiva students should be exempt from conscription, citing sources from Tanach to back up his assertion.

Liberman called for every 17-year-old to be sent to the IDF induction center, where the army will decide if they serve in the military or civilian national service.

The IDF and government have proposed changes to the security service and reserve service laws, which would see the amount of time conscripts and reservists serve increased significantly amid manpower shortages caused by the war in Gaza and hostilities on the northern border.”

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

6 Responses

  1. Kabel es ha’emes mi’mi she’omro – accept the truth from whatever person it comes.

    Lieberman is far from the best messenger, but he has a point. The level of resentment to Yiddishkeit that is caused by the Chareidi blanket refusal to serve is unbelievable – and this resentment is held by other Shomrei Torah uMitzvos who do serve as well. “Sheyehei shem Shamayim misahev al yadecha” (Yoma 86a) – it would be good if this was taken seriously…

    an Israeli Yid

  2. The IDF desperately needs 2 or 3 more combat brigades. There are likely more than enough bochurim who are not sitting and learning to fill this need. Anyone walking around Yerushalyim, Kiryat Sefer, Elad, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak and other Charedi majority areas during seder time will see this with their own eyes. This causes strife between Yidden. Liberman might almost actually have a valid point here.

  3. If Israel a jewish state, he would be right. Tanach talks about a jewish state, something Israel is NOT.
    This is the ONLY reason Charedim do not join the military. They do not accept Israel as a jewish stare.
    Aye, nowadays they do?
    Good question.
    Too late now….

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