IDF Says It Will Draft 14,000 Bochurim Next Year


bochurimThousands of 18- and 19-year-old bochurim will be drafted into the IDF as of this coming summer, according to plans authorized by the army. The state announced the plans on Monday, in response to a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding that the government replace the expired Tal Law, which provided a near-blanket exemption of yeshiva students from military or national service, with legislation instituting universal conscription.

The petition was submitted this past summer by The Movement for Quality of Government in Israel following the expiration of the Tal Law. For more than a decade, the law allowed yeshiva bochurim to defer service in the IDF until the age of 28, when they were considered by the military too old to serve.

According to the recruitment program announced Monday and approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, about 14,000 young men born in 1994 and 1995 would be enlisted next summer for three full years of service. However, about 40,000 ultra-Orthodox men, ages 20 to 30 (and thus falling in the recruitment bracket), would not be called up retrospectively – barring any new legislation to the contrary.

“The arrangement formulated by the IDF focuses on the present and future, not amending the past,” read the state’s official statement, noting a definitive solution to the problem would have to first pass legislative channels.

The Kadima party entered the governing coalition with the Likud in May in order to legislate a new universal draft law that would ensure yeshiva students shared the burden of military service. However, disagreements over the bill shattered the coalition, with Kadima exiting in July, blaming Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for sabotaging the reform.


{ Israel}


  1. Hamas declares war on the state the very same day that the state declares war on Torah study.

    Nah. no coincidence at all. Move along people. Nothing to see here

  2. what does this picture have to do with the article.????its not fair to the men in the picture that are being arrested! get them off and be sensitive towards other people

  3. Dear Moderator,
    Why do you post comments that only condemn the draft of yeshiva bochurim and neglect to post my comment?
    It would appear that you are guilty of the same propaganda of the liberal left. As long as it serves your irrational ‘hashkafos’ than good and if it it disagrees with your ‘hashkafos’ than suppress.
    I guess this is not a surprise considering the dishonest picture you placed. But I guess that anything goes to protect your shallow version of Yidishkeit.
    Wishing you a refuah shleima!