Haredim and conscription to the IDF: Perspectives, perceptions, prospects

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For many Israelis, any discussion about the Haredi community begins and ends with conscription, or rather: the lack of Haredi military service in a country that still has a conscription-based military. The following chapter seeks to sort through the issue of military service, conscription, and the Haredi sector, and highlight the main categories of issues within the debate. It views the debate regarding Haredim and military service through three key discussion clusters:

Why are Haredim exempt de facto from conscription and is this justifiable?

What can be done about conscription of Haredim and is there a way to encourage this community to enlist?
Does Israeli society really want Haredim to be conscripted to the IDF?
These three discussion clusters sometimes intersect and affect each other but exist independently, without necessarily connecting to each other. The chapter concludes with thoughts on the implications of framing the issue of Haredim and conscription within these discussion clusters and what can be learned from the conscription debate about the place Haredim hold in general Israeli society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Israeli Haredi Society
Subtitle of host publicationProfiles, Trends, and Challenges
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781000877519
ISBN (Print)9781032325583
StatePublished - 29 Sep 2023


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