Benny Gantz
Photo: Ido Erez

Gantz: IDF not trying to change haredim

Speaking to high school students, chief of staff calls on haredim to enlist, says those who do 'making wonderful contribution to the state'

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Friday called on the haredim to serve their country and praised ultra-Orthodox soldiers for their "wonderful contribution to the IDF."


Speaking to high school students in Rosh HaAyin, Gantz commented on the issue of haredi enlistment. "If you don't give, you're not a partner and if you're not a partner you don't care about the country.


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"The challenges we face require that we show involvement and that is why everyone must share the burden regardless of religion, race or sex."


He further added, "Everyone must serve. The haredim must join the IDF, some of them are already serving and are making a wonderful contribution. Those who serve know that they're haredim going into the army and leaving it. We're not trying to change anyone."

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Gantz. 'The challenges require us to show involvement' (Photo: Ido Erez)


The IDF chief discussed the army's plan to establish additional haredi units that will enable them to serve without compromising their lifestyle. "On the other hand we won't hurt anyone's right to serve when it comes to gender, women and equal opportunities," he added.


Discussing the growing tensions in the West Bank, Gantz said he does not think the events amount to an intifada but acknowledged that violence could continue.


Referring to the Syrian civil war, he predicted that terror will increase and warned of chemical weapons falling into Hezbollah's hands.


"When we see things that can alter the security balance we try to act accordingly. If one had to choose between being an Israeli citizen or a Lebanese in the next war, Israeli would be the better choice."



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