Yaalon: Draft Bill for Chareidim Will Start a Civil War


moshe-yaalonIsrael’s Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon knows the reality. He isn’t under any misconceptions about what the Keshev Committee’s draft recommendation would do to the country.

Yaalon said this morning that he would like to see “chareidim join the IDF at 18 years old,” but he admits that “if we try this, we will start a civil war.”

Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu were meeting again today to work out the issue and try to bridge the gap between them as the country remains on edge.

Plesnder Committee chairman Yochanan Plesner of Kadima had stormed out yesterday during a talk with Yaalon about the universal draft bill. The main issue of contention between Kadima Likud and Kadima is with regard to whether they should institute a quota for the number of yeshiva students who would be allowed to avoid the draft or if a better idea would be to issue a total number of chareidim who would have to serve in the army.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Let’s be careful about how we phrase things. “Civil war” means people killing each other. First, since most chareidim don’t know which end of the rifle the bullet comes out of, that might be a little hard. Second, IDF personnel are not going to shoot fellow Jews. What we are likely to see is large demonstrations with chareidim throwing rocks and soldiers firing rubber bullets and tear gas. Not good – but not something ch”v on the order of Syria. Let’s cool down the rhetoric. Inflammatory threats sound great, but in this case they’re basically meaningless.

  2. Sure the Israelis would never kill a fellow religious Jew; just ask Dr. Yaakov Yisrael Dehan.
    If your view of history has been distorted by outside sources, feel free to educate yourself and look him up.

  3. #4 – Dr. Dehaan is history – he was assassinated in 1924, well before the State existed, by Haganah members. The equivalent now would be Amir’s assassination of Yitzchak Rabin. We’re talking politics in a modern, democratic state. “Civil war” is a very, very tragic thing – and I don’t believe that Israel is going to sink to the level of Syria or Bosnia. We’ll see lots of demonstrations on both sides, and probably rocks and tear gas canisters, but the streets won’t run with blood. “War” is a metaphor we could use less in journalism.