The politics of burden

The liberal Israeli political party Kadima has left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition over a bill that gives ultra-Orthodox men a blanket military deferment. Amir Mizroch writes:

The Likud wanted to draft the haredi men at 26 years of age, Kadima wanted 23. Never mind that the average Israeli wanted the age at which haredi boys are drafted into the army or national service to be 18, when everyone’s sons and brothers go in. The politicians were busy with their own calculations of power and survival, not universal equality and social justice. It was all a ruse: at 21 a haredi man is married already with a child. At 23 he has two children. At 26 he already has up to 4 children. There’s not much the IDF can do with a 26 year old haredi father-of-four. He’ll be more of a burden to the army, and his family, at that stage of his life. This whole debate was not about the haredi draft, it was about political calculations ahead of the next elections. Why can’t haredi boys go serve at 18, and then, when they reach 21, go work during the day and study at night? They can. Of course they can.

 


Author: Stand For Israel | July 18, 2012
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What do you think?

  • DIANE
    September 25, 2012
    8:08 pm
     

    I LOVE THIS MAN…HE HAS UNQUESTIONABLE CHARACTER AND PATIENCE….LORD KEEP HIM SAFE AND DIRECT HIS PATH AND GIVE HIM YOUR WISDOM TO LEAD YOUR PEOPLE.

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  • Aliza
    July 19, 2012
    7:34 pm
     

    Benjamin Netanyahu is doing a good job. I just hope the the Orthodox will not take over and let the Prime Minister do his job.

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  • K.C.
    July 18, 2012
    5:41 pm
     

    Since Israel is the only country in the world I know of engaged in a just war of defense, I also say 18 would be the ideal age to enter the IDF. I always thought the Orthodox attitude of not even recognizing Israel to be extremely ironic and a glaring example of how complacency–in this case “I’m so special, the peons must support and protect me”– permeates all human societies.

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  • STAN
    July 18, 2012
    3:48 pm
     

    ALL MEN ARE EQUAL IN GOD’S SIGHT.
    SO WHY SHOULDEN ALL MEN SERVE HIM AGAINST THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL ..!? STAND UP & BE COUNTED & DO YOUR PART IN THE I.D.F. LEST YOU BE WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES & BE FOUND WANTING.!!!

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  • Joan
    July 18, 2012
    1:56 pm
     

    THE PRIME MINISTER IS RIGHT AS USUAL.

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  • Kathleen
    July 18, 2012
    1:16 pm
     

    From all I’ve heard & read to this time, I am in agreement that these young men should also be required to go into the IDF at 18 along with the rest of the young people in Israel.

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  • Barbara
    July 18, 2012
    1:15 pm
     

    Seek guidence from the Lord your God and don’t be divided against yourselves. Pray for your leader and support him,and know that American christians are praying for your nation and your people and sending you

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    • Song
      July 18, 2012
      9:12 pm
       

      Many around the world are praying for Israel too. You are not alone!

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  • nathan
    July 18, 2012
    12:20 pm
     

    The ultra-orthodox community exists in Israel because of the protection of the IDF. Let them contribute to the security of Israel under the same conditions as the rest of Israeli citizens. Trust in God, but take responsibility for the protection of your own family and country, for God’s sake.

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  • Bernie
    July 18, 2012
    12:00 pm
     

    The haredi are unworthy of inclusion in the Tribe and a disgrace to any community of good people. They are nothing but users and takers, and give nothing to the community or to the world ….

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  • Dan C
    July 18, 2012
    11:18 am
     

    When I was in the service, I used to listen to some of the ‘family guys’ whine and snivel that they shouldn’t have to do extra duty on holidays, weekends, or after an exercise or deployment. The argument was they hadn’t seen their families and needed time with their kids. There is no doubt that service life is hard on families; but that meant, of course, that if the powers listened to them, all us unmarried guys had to take up the slack. It caused a lot of dissent and had a definite effect on morale.

    I agree with the average Israeli that the age at which haredi boys should be drafted into the service should be 18, like everyone else. Get them before they start a family. Otherwise , my experience tells me you are in for a lot of t’lunim from servicemen and more political ra’ash as the Kadima tries to tsa’a’ka louder than the voices of reason.

    (for those without a handy an’gleet/ivrit dictionary such as I obviously have :) : t’lunim- complaining;; ra’ash- noise; tsa’a’ka-yell)

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