Poll: 72% in favor of haredi recruitment (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 04.29.12, 07:26)
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Survey finds that 51% of Israeli Jews support compromise that would
sway haredim to enlist; 35% say sector should be forced to serve
The Jewish public in Israel is in favor of recruiting haredim for the
IDF, but considers they should not be coerced to enlist, a new poll
According to a survey commissioned by Ynet and Gesher, an
organization dedicated to promoting unity in Israel, half of the
public believes that a compromise is the only acceptable way to sway
the haredim to serve.
The poll found that 72% of Jews in the country believe that members
of the ultra-Orthodox sector have the duty to serve in the IDF. Of
them, 54% asserted that the law should apply to everyone equally, and
that haredim should shoulder the burden as well, while 18% identified
army service as a mitzvah.
In contrast, 13% of the public oppose mandatory draft for the ultra-
Orthodox; some argued that one should not be forced to perform an act
that goes against his beliefs, while others expressed concern that
rabbis would adversely influence the soldiers.
The poll, which was conducted by the Panels research center, surveyed
a 508-person sample representative of the country´s Jewish adults.
The study was commissioned following the High Court of Justice´s
ruling against the extenstion of the Tal Law, which exempts yeshiva
students from military service.
´Draft law should be enfroced´
Some 51% of the public, including 60% of the religious sector, 58% of
traditionalists and 49% of seculars, said that a compromise should be
reached in order to cause the haredi public to enlist willingly.
But 35% of those polled said that haredim should be drafted through
the uncompromising enforcement of the existing law. Some 4% argued
that the growing enlistment trend within the ultra-Orthodox
communities makes intervention unnecessary.
Some of those polled – 7% – said that haredim should not be recruited
by the military; of them, 3% said that the IDF can manage without
them, while 4% said that it is the Torah that protects the people of
Israel. The rest of those polled said they do not identify with
either of the positions.
A period of chaos would ensue if the ultra-religious are eventually
forced to enlist, 38% of those surveyed said, but eventually the
sector would accept the reality and would integrate in the army.
Meanwhile 18% said they expected the haredi community to divide over
the issue; 12% said that a civil war would follow; and 3% said they
believe the measure would go over quietly.
"We believe that social change will come from public pressure and
dialogue between the sectors," Gesher Executive Director Ilan Geal-
Dor said. "The haredi sector is undergoing dramatic changes, and the
general public must aid them to integrate in the military or civil
service. This process will take years, and cannot be rushed through
conflict." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/29/12)
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