Thousands of haredi Orthodox Israelis protested in Jerusalem against plans to enlist haredi men into the military.
Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.
Professor Yagil Levy of the Open University in Israel discusses the Charedi draft, and an alternative direction on Iran.
The Israel Defense Forces have begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests, one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he has ordered the formulation of two teams to examine universal draft alternatives.
Thousands of haredi Orthodox held a prayer rally to protest the forced enlistment of yeshiva students.
Max Fried, an 18-year-old high school graduate from Los Angeles, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.
The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.
Trivia question: What family soon will represent 20 percent of the Jews in the National Football League? Answer: The one with Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz. Older son Geoff has played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Younger brother Mitchell, who will almost surely be drafted this week, will join him.