Thursday, August 09, 2012
Haredi IDF Unit Records Highest Enlistment In Its History
Again, another sign that the controversy over Israel's Tal Law will work itself out with a little time and patience:
More than 100 ultra-Orthodox men enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces' Nahal Haredi unit on Thursday, the largest single-day enlistment in the history of the unit, media strategists Lerner Com reported.
Thursday's enlistment was the first draft since the Aug. 1 expiration of the Tal Law, under which ultra-Orthodox men had been essentially exempt from mandatory military service.
All in all, 200 ultra-Orthodox men have enlisted to the special unit in August. The unit provides religious soldiers with the required facilities to observe the laws of Judaism.
Since 1999, when the Nahal Haredi, a battalion in the Kfir Brigade of the IDF, was established, some 4,000 ultra-Orthodox men have served in it.
"The unit represents an unprecedented success in recruiting members of the ultra-Orthodox community to the military and integrating them into the process of contributing to the state," the director of the Nahal Haredi support organization said in a statement issued Thursday.
A certain percentage of haredi have always served, and those numbers are going to grow.They merely need a platform that accommodates their beliefs.