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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 

Increase in Haredi army recruits

Some news from a few days ago I almost missed: 200 Haredis signed up for army service:
On Thursday, two hundred Haredim were drafted into the "Nahal Haredi" combat battalion, Netzach Yehuda.

According to the Ultra-Orthodox paper, Kikar Shabbat, this recent draft represents a 30% overall increase in the number of Haredi men drafted into the unit.

This Ultra-Orthodox army unit was first established in 1999 with just 35 soldiers. It now consists of 500 active combat soldier, and has become the largest individual combat battalion in the army.

In the previous draft, the unit drafted 150 Haredi soldiers.

In 2012, the Ultra-Orthodox battalion won the IDF's Excellence Award for Judea and Samaria.
It's a positive development alright. And even if Haredis would just join the workforce, that too would be very helpful.

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