Just today I read an item in this newspaper that Zahal does not need as many persnonell as it has already has. A few days before I read that one of the suggestions relative to inducting Haredim was that the duration of the service would be reduced for all soldiers to two years. I read that General Shermweister is concerned that the induction of Haredim en mass would effect the efforts to bring women into Zahal. All of these issues appeared in this newspaper of which Mr. Burson reads, or perhaps, havng read his comments "skims". None of the above seem to support the slogans that some Israeli Haredi bashers like to hear. It seems to me, if the findings of the HaAretz journalists that point out the above details are true, one, more than a certan number of personell currently serving in Zahal are redundant, two, Haredim would create a situation that would change socio-cultural patterns in the Israeli Army, and, cause difficulties in the efforts of Zahal to bring about equal opportunities for women personell The bottom line seems to be that a realistic look at the needs of our Army, are not what we hear from the top brass, or our politicians--as always it's easier to drape your shortcomings with the Israeli flag.
Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian crossing Gaza border fence (Haaretz)
from the article: 'If a million American Jews moved to Israel, there'd be peace'