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Israel ends draft-dodging law for ultra-Orthodox

The Haredim live a life of extreme segregation from the rest of Israel’s diverse population. It is unnatural and unhealthy that one whole swath of society should consider it normal not to support their families and not to defend their country, but to spend all their time sealed off from the realities of everyday life studying religious tracts…

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JERUSALEM — In an step that could intensify a major rift among Israelis, the defence minister on Tuesday ordered the army to prepare for a universal draft of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

Many in the insular and rapidly growing community say they would rather go to jail than comply with an end to the decades-long draft exemptions that have caused increasing outrage in the country.

Ehud Barak gave defence officials a month to craft a plan to put the new draft procedure…

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