State Comptroller: Not enough haredim in IDF (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Kobi Nahshoni Published: 05.03.12, 07:38)
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2012 Report shows 60% increase in number of yeshiva students who
dodge army draft; says authorities not meeting government goals for
integration of haredim in labor force
The number of haredim drafted into the IDF is low, while the rate of
those who are rejected or exempt is steadily increasing, State
Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss stated in his 2012 report, which was
released on Tuesday.
The state comptroller determined that while the army was able to meet
the government´s enlistment demands, it was still not doing enough to
According to the report´s findings, between 2003 and 2010 the number
of potential recruits who were dismissed from army service after
declaring that their main occupation is studying Torah (Torato
Omanuto) climbed by 60%, from 39,000 to 63,000.
Lindenstrauss states in the report that the rate of non-recruitment
leaped during these five years from 8.4% to 13% of potential
recruits. However, the report notes that changes to the recruitment
procedure, which were introduced in 2011, led to a one-time decline
in the number of potential recruits exempt for religious reasons.
In 2010 and 2011, 13% and 16% of haredim enlisted in the IDF
respectively. Last year, some 610 soldiers joined the Shahar project,
which aims to integrate haredim into the military, bringing the total
number of soldiers who served in the project to 1,700 since its
inception in 2007. An additional 380 soldiers joined the Nahal Haredi
in 2011, with a total of 1,600 soldiers serving in the battalion
Not enough haredim in labor force
The State Comptroller Report also examined the integration of haredim
into the labor force, which Lindenstruss called "a national
socioeconomic mission of utmost importance."
A review conducted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor,
which oversees the implementation of government policies in the
matter, found that a much higher number of haredi females were
participating in the initiative, compared to haredi males.
"The authorities will doubtfully meet the government goals for 2020
of 63% employment among haredi males between the ages of 25 and 64,"
The state comptroller called on the government to reevaluate the
policies and their effectiveness, adding that the Ministry of
Industry, Trade and Labor must show greater involvement in the
"The ministry should regulate the contact between employers and
haredim who are seeking work, and draw employers´ attention to
governmental incentives," he noted.
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor issued a response stating
it has invested some NIS 100 million in 2011 for the promotion of the
haredi sector, and will study the report in order to implement its
conclusions. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/03/12)
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