Rabbi Rontzki: “No Chareidi Draft Dodger is Going to Jail”

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shaked-committee1Former Chief Rabbi of the IDF and Head of the Itamar Yeshiva Rabbi Avichai Rontzki spoke to Arutz Sheva about ongoing upheaval in the Shaked Committee today  and declared that criminal sanctions against chareidi draft-dodgers are unlikely to be actualized.

“The IDF is not going to send officers to Ponovezh to catch draft-dodgers,” Rabbi Rontzki told Arutz Sheva. “It would not be practical and anyone with half a brain can understand that. I believe that, at the end of the day, there will not be criminal sanctions enacted,” he continued. “We are talking about something which is only a formal declaration – no one will go to jail, this is only a move to gain political capital by Yesh Atid.”

Regarding the potential makeup of the coalition, the rabbi maintained that everything will remain according to status quo.

“The government supports criminal sanctions, and I think to leave the government over an issue like this is simply wrong,” he told Arutz Sheva. “The [chareidi MKs] outrage over cuts to chareidi yeshivas are also inaccurate – the cut is really not that big.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Sounds like Judenrat. Go ahead believe the Germans are civilized people. I recommend Chareidim stop registering births and answering the census. Hide in plain sight.

  2. Actually, anyone with a quarter of a brain understands that if the law is that criminal sanctions are the consequence, the Supreme Court – an entity with an amply proven anti-Charedi bias, particularly on the issue of the draft – will FORCE the IDF to make arrests.

  3. But we know that he is lying because the government has already arrested Chareidim for dodging the draft because their “dichuiim” are invalid.

  4. This is the ongoing mis-information battle. No, they won’t raid Ponevezh. But one by one they’ll pound on doors at 2AM dragging young bochurim to jail. One by one they’ll attack the Chareidi community and destroy the Jewish fabric of Eretz Yisroel. They’ve declared war and we must respond in kind.

  5. whats with the pictures of women? Matzav is the only site we can trust to learn what is going on without hearing lashon hara, rechilus and worse. these pictures of women (yes, even Judith Butler has a din of an isha despite what many may think) just don’t belong on this last “reine vinkel” of the internet!


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