Defense Ministry: Haredi enlistment targets of current conscription law not being met

The combined enlistment targets for haredi men to military and national service as set out in the law for haredi conscription 2014 are not being met according to data presented at a sub-committee of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Although the data shows that targets set for haredi enlistment to the army are being met, targets for haredi men joining the civilian service program are being missed by wide margins, and in 2015 are set to fall below 20 percent of the required number.

Enlistment to the civilian service, an alternative for haredi men to military service, was a critical component of the 2014 law, and was expected to make up 40 percent of recruitment from the haredi sector to the overall targets for military and civilian service.


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