In first, Border Police says it has drafted 30 ultra-Orthodox men

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Ultra-Orthodox draftees to Border Police meet with the force's commander Deputy Commissioner Brik Yitzhak, at the Tel Hashomer base, May 9, 2024. (Israel Police)
Ultra-Orthodox draftees to Border Police meet with the force's commander Deputy Commissioner Brik Yitzhak, at the Tel Hashomer base, May 9, 2024. (Israel Police)

Border Police says that for the first time in its history, some 30 ultra-Orthodox men have been drafted into the force for their mandatory military service.

“This is a precedent-setting event,” police say, adding that it will allow ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi conscripts to serve in Border Police for their mandatory service “in such a way that they can serve as combat soldiers while taking into account their unique needs.”

Draftees are at times given a choice to serve in the police or other Israeli defense bodies instead of the army, but only the military has so far had special units and draft routes for Haredi men.

The 30 Haredi men, aged 18 to 20, received their uniforms this morning at the IDF’s Tel Hashomer induction center, where they also met with the commander of Border Police, Deputy Commissioner Brik Yitzhak.

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