Shas Minister, Chief Of Staff Call For Charedi Enlistment: ‘Everyone Should Do Their Part’

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — With the IDF stretched to its limits on three fronts, and reservists being forced to serve for periods of 90-120 days without being switched out, the demand for more manpower has become critical. The IDF has even asked the pre-military academies to bring forward their enlistment by half a year, and recently extended the retirement age for reservists as well as restoring the previous period of 36 months service for all combat soldiers.

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The current war and IDF shortages have also placed the spotlight on the charedi community, with demands from all sectors of society that charedim should enlist or be conscripted for significant army service. The draft law, which was intended by the government to enable a unanimous charedi exemption, has been shelved in the meantime.

On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi stated that the laws surrounding conscription for the army in Israel should change so that all members of Israeli society are called up to defend the country.

“In these challenging times, one thing is very clear – everyone should do their part to protect our home,” Halevi said. “This is a different time, and prior realities should be reexamined. We are currently promoting immediate enlistment solutions in order to fill our ranks in light of the ongoing fighting. More of this will be required in the future.”

Currently, under Israeli law, Israeli Arabs and charedi Jews are not required to serve in the IDF. Last week, war cabinet Minister Benny Gantz said that “in the long term,” a service bill must be gradually implemented so that these two groups could “enter the circle of service.”

“The IDF has always sought to integrate all parts of Israeli society among its ranks,” Halevi continued. “This war demonstrates the need for change. To join up for service, to protect our home. We have a historic opportunity to expand the IDF’s recruitment sources at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to produce the solutions and the right conditions for every population that will join this noble mission.”

In an interview with journalist Yishai Cohen on Kikar Hashabat, Welfare Minister Yaakov Margi (Shas) admitted that the situation has changed and any charedim who are not studying in yeshiva – “and that is a lot of them” – should enlist in the IDF. Mergi stressed that these are not “shababnikim” i.e. former charedim, like most of the Netzach Yehuda IDF unit, but rather serious frum youths who cannot sit and learn- he suggested a goal of 700 such conscripts in the first year.

“Joining one’s friends burden in not just a saying, it has real meaning,” Margi said. He stressed that the army must establish a specific department for charedi conscripts. “I, who know the importance of Torah study and its great sanctity, cannot explain to a mother whose son is on the front for four months why her son should serve and others not. It’s impossible to hide who is studying and who isn’t.”

Mergi added that if the gedolim realize the danger to the Torah world if at least these charedim do not enlist, they would definitely welcome enlistment for those not studying.

 

 


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Mayer Alter
Mayer Alter
3 months ago

At least someone who is on “the inside” has the integrity and honesty to say it as it is.

Lgb
Lgb
3 months ago

Every man who is of age in any country should serve when needed. Religion is irrelevant.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 months ago

“Mergi added that if the gedolim realize the danger to the Torah world if at least these charedim do not enlist, they would definitely welcome enlistment for those not studying.” Such a chilul Hashem. No, the IDF is spiritual poison for Jews. It is designed to turn Jews into heretical/idolatrous Zionists. The IDF brainwashes its inductees as to their definition of “Judaism”, not only “Zionism”. No, no and no.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 months ago

““The IDF has always sought to integrate all parts of Israeli society among its ranks,” Halevi continued. …“We will know how to produce the solutions and the right conditions for every population that will join this noble mission.”” Yup, they sure will; the IDF will give them some religious accommodations while ensuring that they come out as total Zionist goyim regardless.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 months ago

The more the Zionists attack Jews and the Torah, the quicker the Zionists speed up the destruction of their “State”. What they propose is literally suicidal to their “State”.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago

When you sit in garbage, you become garbage….

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
3 months ago

Can a person who did not any advanced math or basic science in high school make a good soldier?

d.b. cooper
d.b. cooper
3 months ago

The same IDF that can’t get out of it’s own way and could not prepare for the Oct 7 attack despite all the warnings!! I thought they are all powerful and can destroy any enemy? Now they want to destroy waht is left of Yiras Shomayim in Eretz Yisroel.

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
3 months ago

The govt is making a big mistake strategically. I won’t get into who is right or wrong but lets be practical. Look at Oct 7 and what it taught us about charedim. So charedim will not fight in a formal army. But they will do a ton of volunteer work from hospitals, to Zaka nebach, to United hatzalah to nurses, to food packages etc. I know charedi surgeons who were in Gaza. The govt should be working to increase that quietly and outsource that from the IDF to charedim. There is so much room to get charedim involved. i get it that its not exactly the same. But get real, you will get nothing if you fight it

Seichel
Seichel
3 months ago

The Erev rav speaks up. Politicians speaking on behalf of the Torah leaders of the generation, woe is to us if we would follow one word of this guy! How about he resign from a government who brought the war to the doorstep of so many Jews in Israel, and danger to Jews around the world?