Israeli Supreme Court orders enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews – Libération

Israeli Supreme Court orders enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews – Libération
Israeli Supreme Court orders enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews – Libération

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The opposition hopes that this societal thunderclap could bring down Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

Israel’s highest court unanimously ruled Tuesday that the government can no longer delay the application of the principle of equality among its citizens, and must make military service compulsory for ultra-Orthodox Jews. The spirit of the times and the price paid by the Israeli army in Gaza got the better of this controversial incongruity, the court ruling that “The worst discrimination is that which concerns the most precious thing in the world – life itself”.

It has been more than a year since Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition tried to renew this historic advantage granted in 1948, then regularly renewed, to the haredi (“God-fearing”) community, decimated by the Shoah. At the time, there were only 400 students in religious schools, but the population has exploded, from 35,000 to more than 1.2 million today. The IDF estimates that there would be a pool of more than 65,000 men of military age – although only 3,000 can be enlisted immediately. The Israeli general staff estimates that it lacks between 10,000 and 15,000 soldiers to continue waging the war in Gaza, in the West Bank,

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