More Orthodox to face the draft

Sunday, December 18, 2005 | 
Lawmakers are expected to approve a law that would require more ultra-Orthodox to complete a version of military service like serving in rescue organizations. Currently, Orthodox Jews are exempt from the compulsory military service required of all Israelis. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the goal of the law is to ease the burden carried by the secular Jews in the military. “It is a national scandal that the issue of enlisting ultra-Orthodox and national service has not yet been solved,” said Shinui Chairman Yosef Lapid. “Shinui demands that the law be passed in order for every young, healthy Israeli to serve in the (Israeli Defense Services).” On the other side of the coin, many ultra-Orthodox oppose to joining the military. “Those who study torah are part of God's army, which protects the people of Israel no less than any other soldier,” said Israeli parliament member Moshe Gafni.

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