3,000 ultra-Orthodox Israeli's Issued IDF Draft Notices

'The question of their draft depends on the state,' says IDF Personnel Directorate chief, Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai.

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Roughly 3,000 ultra-Orthodox Israeli youths have been issued draft notices, and are set to be inducted into the Israeli Defense Forces in August 2013, according to the director of the IDF Personnel Directorate, Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai, who spoke to Israel Radio on Thursday.

The 3,000 youths had previously been exempt from performing military service under the Tal Law, which granted exemptions to ultra-Orthodox men for religious reasons.

It is possible to obtain exemptions from service through other channels, and it is possible that some of the ultra-Orthodox men will pursue them.

"The question of their drafts depends on the state," said Barbivai, when asked if those same youths would actually don IDF uniforms in August.

According to Barbivai, the IDF has already prepared additional service tracks for incorporating ultra-Orthodox Israelis into military service, including additional combat units.

The Tal Law was struck down in court earlier this year as unconstitutional and expired at the end July. It provided an option of national volunteer service to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students who did not wish to continue their studies beyond age 22.

A Haredi soldier.Credit: IDF
Recruits at an IDF draft center.Credit: David Bachar

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