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Wednesday, August 07, 2013 

Falsified records used by Haredi yeshivas to avoid the draft

The army's clarified something I figured was going on behind the scenes:
In what may be the first public statement of its kind from the Israel Defense Forces, a high ranking IDF official on Monday accused religious leaders in the ultra-Orthodox community of lying to protect young haredi men from mandatory military service.

"I want to know how a spiritual and religious leader can sign off on false declarations," Brig. Gen. Gadi Agmon said during a special meeting of the Knesset committee tasked with regulating haredi enlistment.

Agmon was referring to heads of yeshivot (religious seminaries) who allegedly falsely declare that ultra-Orthodox men are studying Torah and therefore cannot be drafted into military service.

Agmon, the head of planning in the IDF Personnel Directorate and the representative of the IDF on the committee, said that "there are thousands [of haredim] who don't study at yeshivot but we have no mechanism with which to identify them and compel them to enlist [in the army]."
For any Haredi sect or movement that's anti-Zionist and contemptuous of modern society and security, this is par for the course. One thing that's certain is, there will need to be inspection teams sent to these yeshivas to ensure they fulfill their requirements to teach subjects other than Torah/bible. They could even see to it that they take serious note of Moses' arguments about the importance of fighting for your rights and survival.

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