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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Supreme Court and Military Service for Yeshiva Students

The Supreme Court and Military Service for Yeshiva Students

Justiciability and Public Suits

(p.73) 9 The Supreme Court and Military Service for Yeshiva Students
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at complex political and social forces at play in the controversy over whether Haredi yeshiva students should be drafted. While many Israelis find the fact that Haredim do not serve intolerable, other political forces support the exemption. Another factor is that the Haredi population is Israeli’s poorest population, in part because its young men spend so many years in religious study rather than gaining practical skills and working to support their large families. The Supreme Court inserted itself into this struggle with a series of long and learned judgments and, as such, can be seen as having taken part in the public debate on the issue. But clearly the court, despite its tremendous exertions, cannot solve the problem, and can play only a small role in the series of unsatisfactory arrangements that have and will continue to govern this issue for the foreseeable future.

Keywords:   yeshiva students, enlistment, military service, standing, public suits, Haredim, Haredi yeshiva students, public debate

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