Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
Do you think Orthodox Jews should be drafted into the Israeli Army?
By Orthodox Jews you apparently mean Hareidim. The term Orthodox Jews however strictly speaking includes the majority of the Jewish population in Israel.
Â Not all Jews are observant but a majority has a basic loyalty to the Torah and its Laws as defined by Orthodox Judaism.
Â About 25% of the Jewish public is reasonably observant.
Â Of these ca. 15% or more are National Religious.
Â Most National Religious do go to the army. They are the largest group who volunteer for front-line combat units.
Â Nowadays more than 50% of such units are derived from National Religious youth.Â
Â A similar figure applies to the Officer Corps of frontline troops.
The remaining 8% to 10% of the Jewish population are Hareidim. A majority of Hareidim do not serve in the IDF though some do.
We dealt with the Hareidim more completely concerning the question:
We mentioned that the Hareidim should not be drafted because:
Â 1. They who learn Torah are not obligated to serve in the armed forces according to the Biblical tradition regarding the Tribe of Levi.
Â 2. The IDF does not want Hareidim.Â
Â 3. The IDF in general wants LESS manpower than it currently receives.Â
Â 4. Attempts to induct Hareidim do not derive from exigency but rather ideology.
Â 5. Women Hareidim (and Jewish Females in general) are forbidden by Jewish Law to serve in the Armed Forces.
Â 6. General Reservations
Â 7. Other Reasons