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Report: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox turned down after showing up to enlist in the army

The IDF rejected the requests of hundreds of ultra-Orthodox who asked to enlist in the second phase of the reserve track. 

Ultra-Orthodox Jews at an IDF enlistment office (Photo: Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Galei Tzahal reported this morning (Tuesday) that hundreds of ultra-Orthodox who asked to enlist in the army in recent months were rejected by the IDF. According to the report, these are individuals who were exempted from conscription due to "bad behavior" after refusing to serve when they were younger, but are now interested in enlisting in the second stage reserve course.

The army is in bad need of manpower. There are really talented people there, with dedicated roles that are lacking in the IDF, especially in war. One of them deserted at the age of 19 and served a day in a military prison. Almost a decade has passed since then and he tells us: "I grew up. I realized that as an ultra-orthodox youth I did stupid things. My opinions are different and I really want to contribute to the country."

"As part of the second phase project, criteria were defined according to which those who previously received an exemption within the framework of specified exemption routes can now enlist. Those who have been in the military in the past do not meet the criteria for phase B routes. However, the issue is under consideration," stated an IDF spokesman.

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