Gallant: 3,000 ultra-Orthodox soldiers to be drafted to IDF by next summer

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks during an assembly session in the plenum hall of the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on July 10, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks during an assembly session in the plenum hall of the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on July 10, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Addressing the Knesset for the first time since the outbreak of the war, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant vows that 3,000 ultra-Orthodox soldiers will be drafted into the military by next summer.

“Our goal is to draft all those that can be recruited according to the law. This is how we work,” he tells the plenum.

“Ultimately, the process is gradual, and has not been done for 76 years,” he says, referring to the long-time status quo, in which ultra-Orthodox men have been exempt from military service.

Gallant vows that recruitment orders “are on the way and will come out during the next few weeks.”

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