Sunday, September 2, 2012

IDF New Guidelines for Drafting and Integrating Haredim Includes Interaction with Women

Makor Rishon reports that the IDF has designed new guidelines for drafting Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jews now that the Tal law has expired and no substitute legislation has been put in its place. The plan must take into account that the IDF will now draft and integrate thousands of Haredim into the army.

The first significant difference is that all eligible age Haredim that get their draft notices will no longer receive automatic exemptions or deferrals.

As a result of the change in the law, the IDF is putting together a number of subtracts specifically for Haredim, though no new “Haredi Only” divisions or brigades will be created. Some of the units have women serving in them, and the IDF says the role of women will not be negatively impacted by the introduction of Haredim who prefer not to interact socially with women beyond what is allowed by their community’s mores. --  Jewish Press

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