WATCH: Top Charedi Politician Responds to Draft Crisis – ‘No Future Without Torah Learners’

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MK Moshe Gafni (Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

ISRAEL (VINnews) — Veteran Charedi Knesset Minister Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) discussed the latest court ruling, which attempts to force Charedi yeshiva students to be drafted into the military.

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The Finance Committee Chairman, speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Charedi school, said, “Without Torah learners, we have no right to exist in this land.”

“After 2,000 years of exile, the People of Israel have returned to be a Jewish nation in its land, and that is in the merit of the Torah learners, who are continuing the tradition.”

MK Gafni added, “I praise the soldiers, who risk their lives in Gaza and here on the northern border. I pray together with the entire nation of Israel that they return home healthy and whole. But without the Torah learners we have no future, and therefore we need to preserve them with all our might.”

Israel’s Supreme Court Thursday issued an interim order prohibiting the government from providing stipends to some Charedi men who do not serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

Yeshivah students who did not obtain a military deferral and who have failed to report for IDF service since July 1, 2023, will now be ineligible for the monthly financial stipends.

Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote to the court asking for another extension—this time for 30 days—so he could reach a political agreement regulating the haredi IDF draft.


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Jg jj
Jg jj
22 days ago

Apparently all the learning of the header guys doesn’t count….

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
21 days ago

we frum WILL NEVER serve in the IDF

shloime
shloime
21 days ago

if everyone stayed home, there would be no home.

R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
21 days ago

This whole disucsion is such a mute silly topioc. Isreli’s just yelling at each other jut because. Has anyone even thought this thru?
1) Do you really think that Charedim will ever comply with a draft? Or will it just cause more divisiveness? How will you really force 25K a year to comply?
2) why are charedim different than arabs whop are exempt?
3) Lets say you get charedim to join and they come kicking and screaming. What exactly will you do with 25K non complying 18 year olds in the army? Can you train them when they won’t cooperate? Are they physically fit? How about culturally? Will you accommodate religous beliefs. If they do join it will be the biggest nightmare for the IDF.

Shtarker
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Shtarker
21 days ago

Forgive me, I’m not a Torah scholar: As b’nei yisroel were fighting their way through the midbar, and into Eretz Yisroel, did Moshe Rabenu say to anyone “you can stay home and learn”?

Just recently we read parshas Zachor, and I don’t remember the Torah saying “chareidim are exempt from fighting Amalek.”

R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
21 days ago

I fail to understand why the IDF can’t outsource its mnay functions. very few soilders physically fight. All the other stuff like producing tanks, weapons, airplanes the navy etc thats can be outsourced to charedim. Encourage them to share the burden by serving the army via building these things in a frum enviornemnt. This would be their army service

Yossel
Yossel
21 days ago

Burach Hashem – Now everyone will share in the Burden. As the Yeshiva boys get off their backsides and go risk their lives to protect the rest of Israel, I wonder how they will feel from when the Rabbonim are asked should we pray for them? and they answer they are no different then the street cleaners. What goes around comes around.
Putting this aside – this is the best news possible – now life is fair in Israel.

Reich
Reich
21 days ago

The whole issue actually has nothing to do with learning. It’s about mothers and fathers not wanting their children to have to go fight in such a dangerous war.
Who could blame them.

lavrenty
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lavrenty
22 days ago

Hes correct only Our amelus gives zionists zchusim

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
21 days ago

No Charedi politicians without Torah learners. Seems to me you can study pretty well in the Army or a jail cell.