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  • Sofer case means draft Charedim

    August 28, 2014 | 11:24 am

    The disappearance of Aaron Sofer in the Jerusalem forest is of course alarming.

    But far more important is the instruction of Rav Aharon Shteinman shlita, today’s leading Lithuanian haredi rabbi, that Israeli students at the monumental Mir yeshiva put down their Talmuds and search...

  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • Knesset passes draft law requiring Charedi Orthodox men to serve

    March 12, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students to service in the Israel Defense Forces.

    The controversial law, which removes most exemptions for Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students, passed Wednesday by a vote of 65 to 1. The single vote against the law...

  • Thousands of Charedim protest in Lower Manhattan

    June 10, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Until now, the primary storyline of the religious-secular battles in Israel has been driven by Women of the Wall, the activist group that, with their monthly prayer meetings at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, have brought more attention to the quest for religious equality in Israel than...

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  • Thousands protest in Jerusalem against haredi draft

    May 17, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Thousands of haredi Orthodox Israelis protested in Jerusalem against plans to enlist haredi men into the military.

    The protesters gathered Thursday night near the city’s military draft bureau to hear rabbis warn that army service would irreparably harm their way of life.

    ...
  • Haredi draft: Optimistic and pessimistic scenarios

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 27, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Israel's coalition talks are currently stalled. They are stalled mainly over differences concerning the integration of Haredis, the ultra-Orthodox Jews, into mainstream society.

    To make a very long story short: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants his new coalition to include...

  • Poll trends: ‘Likud plus right bloc’ in decline over the draft

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2012 | 7:56 am

    Driving around Tel Aviv, one can see buses bearing the signs of the new ‎Kadima Party ad campaign. It’s not usual for a party to campaign when there’s ‎no election date in sight, but Kadima is indeed advertising. Its situation is so ‎bad, and its need for some gains so...

  • July 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am

    In-depth

    A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

    Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...

  • Israel poll trend: Charedi draft battle is helping Kadima, hurting Likud

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 9:21 am

    Israel’s political game of maneuvering is now all about the draft. Charedi draft ‎mostly, but also Arab-Israelis’ draft. It is far from clear at this point in time ‎how the battle over the draft will end. But the first casualty of this war is ‎Netanyahu’s 94-member coalition....

  • July 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 12, 2012 | 3:03 am

    In-depth

    Mearsheimer and Zakheim Discuss “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb”

    Foreign Affairs presents a debate by John Mearsheimer and Dov Zakheim focusing on a controversial piece by Kenneth Waltz in which he argues that Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

    Waltz wrote:

    ...
  • July 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 10, 2012 | 1:45 am

    In-depth

    Ehud Olmert acquitted in two cases, guilty of lesser charge

    Three years after stepping down as prime minister, Ehud Olmert is cleared of the most serious graft charges against him, reports the Times of Israel.

    The former prime minister was cleared in the Rishon Tours...

  • July 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2012 | 2:31 am

    In-depth

    The End of the Beginning in Syria

    Writing for the Institute for National Security Studies, Benedetta Berti and Cameron ‎S. Brown argue that restoring calm to Syria will require far more than simply ‎removing Bashar Assad. ‎

    ‎[F]or a political resolution of...

  • July 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2012 | 4:23 am

    In-depth

    Will Iran crack?

    Imposing sanctions cannot be the only source of pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, writes Meghan L. O’Sullivan in the Los Angeles Times.

    In past decades, sanctions against Iran have constituted the entirety of the U.S.-led strategy against...

  • Five comments on Israel’s political crisis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 11:40 am

    ‎1.‎

    There is a crisis, and as much as all parties would like to avoid further escalation of it, it’s not at all clear that they still have control over their own fate. Why the crisis? Simply ‎and very briefly put: Kadima joined Netanyahu’s coalition to save itself from...

  • July 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 4, 2012 | 3:06 am

    In-depth

    Religiously Targeting Israel

    Mark Tooley of the Weekly Standard looks at the new efforts to enlist evangelicals and other religious Christians in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

    Increasingly, anti-Israel activists are targeting...

  • June 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2012 | 1:35 am

    In-depth

    Iran Declares War Against the Jewish People

    Iran’s vice president is not the only contemporary public figure to engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, even if he is the most blatant, writes Alan Dershowitz in Algemeiner.

    If the leaders of Iran are guilty of incitement against...

  • May 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 23, 2012 | 1:33 am

    Why Egypt’s presidential election matters

    The Associated Press looks at some of the future implications of the Egyptian ‎presidential elections.‎

    Many of the candidates in the race have called for amendments in Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty ‎with Israel, which remains deeply...

  • May 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 11, 2012 | 1:24 am

    The King is Dead; Long Live the King

    Shimon Stein of the Institute for National Security Studies examines how the election ‎of a socialist president will impact on France’s relations with Israel. ‎

    An examination of the president-elect’s statements and platform show that any...

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