IDF Backs Down on ‘Information Centers’ for Chareidim

YERUSHALAYIM -

In response to public reaction, the IDF has decided not to implement its 9 million shekel program of so-called “information centers” for chareidim who have been issued draft notices.

The decision to hold off on the series of lectures and presentations on the military and work opportunities in Israeli society was made in response to public pressure following a report by Hamodia military correspondent A. Pe’er exposing the army’s intentions to use them to lure students from the yeshivos.

Military officials were reportedly taken aback by the strong reaction, including the possibility that yeshivah students would refuse to comply with induction notices rather than participate in the information days.

In addition, it may be that the army will also abandon its plan to bring chareidim for induction in one central location, in the Tel Hashomer army base, and instead allow them to register for their deferments in various locations around the country.

Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, whose committee formulated the new law to draft chareidim, noted on Monday that this is not a sweeping cancellation of the induction centers for chareidim, but rather a cancellation of the requirement to attend the information days.