Israel Musings July 10, 2013: Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-orthodox haredi conscription law

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Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-orthodox conscription law

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Sunday, July 7, during the Israeli cabinet’s weekly meeting, the cabinet approved the Peri Bill, a new law that would end Haredi, ultra- orthodox military exceptions. The bill had its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday…READ MORE
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Israel Political Brief July 7, 2013: Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

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Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

Source: Haaretz, 7-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal for reforms to Israel’s military conscription law which would abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Source: India Today, 5-29-13

Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: ‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

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‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-29-13‎

Clause allows exemption of 1,800 yeshiva students; Lapid says in 3 years 70% of haredim will be drafted. Lapid, Perry and Shelach hold press conference, May 29, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government

Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of haredi Orthodox men does not include their imprisonment for avoiding conscription….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2013: Knesset committee advances bill on haredi military service

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Israeli panel advances measure on haredi military service

Source: JTA, 5-23-13

A Knesset committee advanced a bill requiring 18-year-old haredi Orthodox men and women to register for military service, with a deferral of up to three years….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief March 6, 2013: Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

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Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

Source: JTA, 3-6-13

Israeli haredi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party’s position on drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief January 25, 2013: Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Yair Lapid

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Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Lapid

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-25-13

Shas and United Torah Judaism may work together to prevent Lapid from drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 11, 2012: Leading haredi Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, in Israel: Say no to national military service

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Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

Source: JTA, 12-11-12

The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 9, 2012: Israeli Cabinet approves temporary military draft exemption for yeshiva students

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Israeli Cabinet approves temporary draft exemption for yeshiva students

Source: JTA, 12-9-12

Israel’s Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 9, 2012: Israeli Military Begins Drafting Haredi Orthodox

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Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

Source: JTA, 8-9-12

The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 1, 2012: Ehud Barak Orders Israeli Defense Forces to Draft Haredi Orthodox Men

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Barak orders haredi Orthodox conscription

Source: JTA, 8-1-12

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: Israeli Knesset Rejects Proposed Universal Military Draft Law

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Israeli Knesset rejects proposed universal draft law

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Israeli lawmakers voted down a bill that would have required all Israelis to enlist in the army or perform national service at the age of 18, including the haredi Orthodox and Arabs….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Israeli Political Constellation Realigns as Kadima Quits Government

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Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include haredi Orthodox Jews, shatters the 94-seat super-majority that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controlled in the 120-seat Knesset.

It also raises questions for the future of Kadima, Israel’s draft and the timing of new elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Excerpt from PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Letter to Shaul Mofaz on Kadima’s Vote to Exit Unity Coalition Government

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Following is an excerpt from the letter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to Shaul Mofaz:

“I regret your decision to give up on an opportunity to make an historic change. After 64 years, we were very close to a substantial change in the division of the burden. I gave you a proposal that would have led to the conscription of ultra-orthodox and Arabs from the age of 18. I explained to you that the only way to implement this on the ground is gradually and without tearing Israeli society apart, especially at a time when the State of Israel is facing many significant challenges. I will continue to work toward the responsible solution that Israeli society expects.”

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Kadima Party Votes to Quit Israeli Goverment Coalition

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Kadima Party votes to quit Israeli gov’t

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

The Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s government coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Shaul Mofaz Surrenders; Unity Coalition Lasted 10 Weeks — Kadima Leaves Coalition Government

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Mofaz Surrenders; Unity Coalition Lasted 10 Weeks

The national unity coalition born nine weeks ago is dead, but the government lives as it did before Kadima left the Opposition.
Shaul Mofaz - back in the Opposition

Shaul Mofaz – back in the Opposition
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The national unity coalition born nine weeks ago is dead, but the government lives with a solid majority of 65 Knesset Members, as it did before Kadima left the Opposition.

Party chairman Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday evening that the party faction voted 24-3 to pull out of the coalition because of what he said was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s failure to live up a supposed agreement on changes in the draft law.

Although the concept of universal draft is the ostensible issue, Mofaz has used it is a ploy to try to boost his weakened party, but his see-saw political maneuvers may leave him as the loser. Likud officials received his announcement with comments of “goodbye and we will not meet again.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 12, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Shaul Mofaz Meet, Talk About Haredi Military Draft Law

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Mofaz, Netanyahu Meet, Talk About Draft Law

 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz meet about the new draft law. Meeting ends without progress.

Netanyahu and Mofaz

Netanyahu and Mofaz
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz met on Wednesday evening in an attempt to find a solution to the crisis created by the failure to find a mutually acceptable new draft law.

Channel 10 News reported that the meeting ended without significant progress and the two agreed that Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner would meet again on Thursday in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 11, 2012: Finger Pointing Erupts Amid Plesner-Yaalon ‘Failure’ with New Haredi Military Draft Law

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Finger Pointing Erupts Amid Plesner-Yaalon ‘Failure’

Kadima continues to threaten to leave the gov’t if it doesn’t have its way in writing the new draft law; Likud says sides very close.
Shaul Mofaz

Shaul Mofaz
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Finger pointing dominated the domestic agenda in Jerusalem on Wednesday as an ad-hoc Likud-Kadima working group failed to find a mutually acceptable alternative to the controverisal Tal Law….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 8, 2012: Deputy PM Shaul Mofaz Head of Team Appointed to Write New Military Draft law in Israel

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Team appointed to write new military draft law in Israel

Source: JTA, 7-8-12

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz will be part of the three-member team to write an Israeli law on equality in military and national service.

Mofaz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on the team, which was announced Sunday. The team will formulate the law on haredi Orthodox military service based on recommendations of the Plesner committee, which Netanyahu dissolved less than a week ago citing the number of members who quit. The committee issued its preliminary findings despite the dissolution….READ MORE

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