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Saturday, June 08, 2013 

Some Haredis who oppose recruitment showed a serious lack of respect at army HQ

According to YnetNews, some Haredis who came to the recruitment centers were uncooperative, and while it may not be as bad as the paper would have us think, I can certainly believe based on a couple of past reports that some were as disrespectful as they sound:
A few months following the expiration of the Tal Law last year Ravit, a screening officer at one of the regional induction centers, started receiving 17-year-old Haredi draftees. Their attitude at all stages of the process could be described as uncooperative at best and offensive at worst.

"It doesn't make sense to them to see a woman is in a position of superiority,"
she says. "Sometimes they would not talk to me; sometimes they would refuse to complete a questionnaire with the pen I gave them as it was touched by a woman. Some requested to be profiled by male instructors. Some even hurled their ID cards at me to avoid any contact between us."
Those were most surely the ones told by their dreadful leaders not to sign any papers, which is a complication to drafting anyone, I'd figure. One thing that's clear: they're trying to nickel-and-dime the army staff into conforming to their silly beliefs, all because they don't like to join the army in the first place. And I guess it doesn't make sense that the biblical Deborah would be a judge either.
Since last year the regional recruitment offices received more than 3,000 haredi youths for initial screening procedures, intended to be the first step in a long military service. While the IDF prides itself on the fact, an examination by Ynet shows that many of these young people do not cooperate during the phases of the process, and in fact do everything to convey the unambiguous message "We have no intention of joining you and you would be better served by not wasting any time on us."
Not necessarily. I think they'd make great candidates for washing the floors...with a toothbrush. That said, they haven't given any statistics and since there were some new recruits sworn in with ceremony recently, that shows that it's not as dire a situation as they want everybody to think.
"Don't you realize we're the ones that guarantee the security of the state with our prayers?" one yeshiva student asked his screening officers. Others spoke only Yiddish, refusing to speak Hebrew to the screening officers despite speaking the language perfectly well outside the induction office. Finally, some said they would enlist only if the IDF did their matchmaking for them and supplied them with brides.

"I could've done well at the psychometric tests as I know math, but I picked the wrong answers deliberately," one reluctant recruit told Ynet. "We just wanted to get it over with as soon as possible. We won't go to the army any way, what does it matter then if my marks in the tests are low?"
It matters because whomever they spoke with obviously wants everyone to think he likes being a brainless, uneducated slob. Hardly somebody deserving of respect. And it is vigilance and defense efforts that help protect the country's security, not prayer alone.
Other draftees said they thought the IDF could have made things easier to them by selecting exclusively male screening officers to hold the tests.
I think they could've made things easier by just speaking politely to the female screening officers, and I don't think it involved any medical exams. What a bunch of selfish, juvenile idiots.

In any case, I'm skeptical that the article tells the whole story, and if they've distorted the picture, then they've dampened the impact of what could otherwise be a legitimate concern.

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