The commander of Israel’s military says chareidi Jews should be drafted into the army. Tens of thousands of chareidim have exemptions to continue their religious studies. The exemptions have long been a sore point in Israeli society.
Army Radio quoted Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as telling parents of newly drafted soldiers today that “those who do not serve must be made to feel ashamed.”
He said, “The chareidim can also join (the military), and they must be made to do so.”
It was one of the strongest statements on the issue by a serving chief of staff.