In an extraordinary move, the Admorim of Satmar joined together in issuing a letter regarding the reporting to draft.
“Even when Rabbeinu Ba’al HaDavrei Yoel was alive, they came to the conscription office to receive an exemption and did not delay.”
Consequently, the Rebbes declared that the chassidim should report to the enlistment office for an exemption and not to continue the non-deployment that many other Rabbonim advise .
They explained that the reality is that in the large yeshivas in the main cities the army does not make it difficult for the yeshiva students to be delayed, and that the real problems with enlisting was from smaller yeshivos, where the enrollment officers invest their energies.
The Admor from Kiryas Yoel, in a speech to his Kehilla, gave other options to avoid enlistment.
“First go to the conscription office and get an exemption, and this is a move that my holy uncle, the Divrei Yoel, agreed to.”
“This process – and this is an important organization – the Help and Counseling Center, which help to receive the exemption and we have to help foreign residents with the heavy expenses of lawyers and the like.”