UTJ Opposes Bill to Monitor Girls Who Avoid IDF Induction

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utjThe Knesset Legislating Committee, despite opposition by chareidi Knesset factions, decided to back a government-sponsored bill to set up an apparatus to monitor young women who request military deferments based on religious grounds.

Following the Legislating Committee’s move, Finance Ministry Chairman MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni said this is a serious violation of the status quo and the faction would consider how it would campaign to stop the bill.

The bill would provide a system to follow up on young women who declare they are religious to avoid induction. Education Minister Gidon Saar told the Committee the law must be changed, saying it was drafted three-and-a-half years ago. The Ministerial Committee was not even willing to postpone the deliberations for a few days, despite a request by United Torah Judaism.

With regard to women serving in the Israeli armed forces, the chareidi community is against all women serving, whether or not they are religious. Even though the law only exempts religious women, chareidi politicians always worked to keep its application as broad as possible.

This is in contrast to the chareidi position on the service of men in the armed forces. Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv has said that our responsibility is to see to it that those who are involved in full-time learning should not be called to the army. We do not object to the service of others in the army, and many chareidi men do serve.

 {Yechiel Sever-Deiah veDibur/Matzav.com Newscenter}

2 COMMENTS

  1. What are these zionist reshoyim intending to watch? Whether the girl keeps Shabbos?

    The zionist army is no place for a Jewish boy; let alone a Jewish girl.

  2. Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv has said that our responsibility is to see to it that those who are involved in full-time learning should not be called to the army. We do not object to the service of others in the army, and many chareidi men do serve.
    In actual practice, someone who serves in the army is a poor shiduch choice and a source of shame to his family. it may even prevent his sister from finding a suitable shiduch. Maybe Rav Elyashiv is saying this, but the chareidi world doesn’t really believe it.As far as girls are concerned, it is a real problem of rtzniyus in the army for everyone, maybe a positive approach would enable sherut leumi that would be better than what is now out there.

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