Gantz: IDF has room for everyone (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Maor Buchnik Published: 02.22.12, 16:51)
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In first response to court ruling against Tal Law, army chief says
IDF capable of providing ´comfortable environment´ for haredim
"Mandatory enlistment is very important. In our geo-political
reality, everyone can and should serve, and I hope we´ll find a way
to get it done," IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said
Wednesday in his first response to the High Court´s ruling
essentially annulling the Tal Law, which regulates yeshiva students´
exemption from IDF service.
Speaking at a leadership conference at Tel-Hai College, Gantz said
the army is capable of providing the ultra-Orthodox with a
comfortable environment. "Army service is not a possible alternative;
it is something that is necessary for the State of Israel. Not all
those who can enlist in the army," he said.
"In the army we are able to live alongside one another, not against
each other –this is true for women as well – there is nothing they
can´t do on the operational front."
Addressing the Iranian threat, Gantz said there was a "crack" in the
Tehran-Damascus-Beirut axis. "Lebanon is growing stronger, and
Hezbollah is fives times stronger. Iran´s nuclear program poses a
potential existential threat on regional stability and Israel´s
existence," he said.
"We have the ability to defend ourselves; we have the necessary
personnel to act."
Outgoing Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish was among those who
supported the ruling, while incoming president Asher Grunis was among
those who opposed it.
Beinish ruled that the law was unconstitutional and should therefore
be rescinded. "The law, which has already been found in violation of
the right to equality as part of the right to dignity, does not meet
the proportionality standard and is therefore unconstitutional," she
wrote. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/22/12)
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