Yoav Galant, the incoming Israeli defense minister, stated in a recent interview on Kikar Hashabat that dialogue with the chareidi community was more important than any coercion or decrees and that the draft bill would soon be presented to the current cabinet.
According to Galant, “I founded the Netzach Yehuda Battalion [for chareidi soldiers] as chief of the Ground Forces Command.”
I generally support having a positive outlook and avoiding employing force. People who don’t comprehend the history of the Jewish people—who were prepared to devote their lives to prevent harm to Judaism—won’t understand how to work.
Anyone who believes they can force the Chareidim to do something they don’t want is in for a surprise.
Incorporating chareidim into all facets of defense, whether it is Netzach Yehuda or Shachar (integrating chareidim in intelligence work), and providing them with the necessary support, Galant continued.
They should participate in urgent rescue efforts, too. It would be wrong to use coercion.
“Whenever I oversaw an operation, I was always aware that I wasn’t fighting for the principles of the state of Israel, but rather for Hashem Tzeva’os and the legacy of countless generations.
I recall praying for the rest of my life on those evenings before leaving the Gaza border for operations.
Everyone lifts their gaze to the skies as danger looms.