Thursday, February 23, 2012

Israel invalidates Haredi Military exemptions

Excellent news out of Israel for civil war enthusiasts: The Israeli Supreme Court has invalidated a law that exempted from military service ultra-Orthodox Jews engaged in religious studies, adding a new urgency to the government’s negotiations with religious parties over a more equitable distribution of the burdens of citizenship.

Money quote:
Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Kadima Party and leader of the opposition, said: “Justice has been done. Social justice comes from equal sharing of the burden. Tomorrow, we will initiate a set of bills that require service of all — either military, national or civilian service.

She continued, “We will not permit the Zionist majority to become a minority that carries everyone else on its back.”
Of course, the Haredim are already telling themselves that the Zionists have it exactly backwards. As per the famous parable, the exact details of which I forget,  it is really Torah learning and prayers that protect Israel, not the earning of money or the fighting of wars. So good luck Tzipi Livni.

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