Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Gazit proposes basic training for Haredis
Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA 24 February, 2013
In a column appearing today, Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Gazit, who terms hiself
a “Leftist Zionist”, make the following proposal (my translation):
#1 Every young Israeli Jew, without exception, will go through the process
set in the existing Security Service Act for each candidate for army
service. Every young person will be invited to the absorption and
classification base and will go through the interviews and tests there and
then the young haredi will declare his intention to be included in the
community of yeshiva students.
#2 After this appearance a recruitment date will be set for the young
haredi. He will be called to the induction center, just as any another young
man who reaches the age of 18. Upon arrival he will be inducted into the IDF
and sent for a short and limited period of basic training (maximum three
months, and in a special military framework tailored to the haredi
lifestyle). I believe that the haredi sector will not be able to object to
such a short one time service.
#3 Upon completion of basic training the young man will be placed in a
reserve unit, and shall be called by the IDF (every one, two or maybe three
years) for a short refresher period of up to five days.
#4 • Until war breaks out and there is a general call up of reserves, these
yeshiva boys will not be called, either as units or as individuals, for
longer periods that may conflict with their desire to be completely devoted
#5. Along with this, without exception. From the day that the yeshiva boy
completes his basic training, the haredi boy will be free to choose between
studying and going to work.
Thus, all young people - without exception - will be obligated to be
inducted and serve military service, however this obligation to perform this
service will not harm or disrupt the absolute devotion of those young
haredis who wish to learn Torah.
[Following the Six Day War, Shlomo Gazit served as Coordinator of Israeli
Government Operations in the Administered Territories, and following the Yom
Kippur War, he served as the head of IDF Military Intelligence. He has
written extensively on Israeli and Middle Eastern military affairs. ]