Today, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to cancel the ultra-Orthodox amendment to the Recruitment Law and called for everyone’s recruitment or national service.


Lieberman Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), a day after the Israeli Supreme Court accepted the appeal against the amendment to the Recruitment Law for Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded.

“Yisrael Beiteinu is consistent,” he said. “Military service for everyone…Every young person who reaches the age of 18 must serve in the military or do national service. It cannot be otherwise.”

Haredi protests against recruitment

Haredi protests against recruitment Photo Credit: Hiller Meir/ TPS/ Channel 2 News

“I’m also speaking to Jews, Muslims and Christians,” Lieberman added. “I expect all citizens of Israel to identify with the country…The most important component of a strong country is its internal strength- a society that is more cohesive and homogeneous is always victorious. Those who are more determined will ultimately be the victors, as was the case in 1948.”

As reported earlier by JOL, the leaders of the ultra-Orthodox political parties held a joint emergency conference to discuss the ruling. “We have a coalition agreement,” stated Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri. “Everyone who is in the coalition is bounded by it, including [Moshe] Kahlon and [Avigdor] Liberman.”