The statement came in the aftermath of controversial comments by the head of a West Bank military academy saying the Israeli army drives female soldiers “crazy” and upsets their Jewishness.
When Israel’s first prime minister granted a few hundred haredi Orthodox Jews an exemption from army service, it’s likely he never dreamed that 63 years later, tens of thousands of haredi Israelis would claim the exemption — or that the issue would be among the most contentious in modern Israel. More ▸
By Marcy Oster
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed discussion of extending a law for five more years that allows yeshiva students to delay their military service. More ▸