In case you haven’t heard there was a hafgana(protest) today in Kikar Shabbat. I only found out when I was trying to make my way to and from Mishmeret Sofrim to pick up some stuff I had taken to have checked. This is what I encountered:
Here is some more video of my trying to fight my way through the crowd in order to get home:
Since no protest would be complete without the children from the various schools showing up to say that they don’t want to be sacrificed for someone else there is this:
Now let me say that I am against a universal draft. Yes I have said many times, even on this blog, that it would do the average avereich good to learn discipline and responsibility and all the various things that one should learn in the Military. However,
I don’t think history has shown that conscript armies rarely teach any of those things, and wind up being a lot like the Boy Scouts. Just look at the number of field trips heritage and cultural enrichment tiyulim the average Israeli soldier takes.
Or let me spell it out a different way. The United States has what is probably the best equipped best trained military anywhere in the world. Basic Training is 12 weeks(8 weeks during war time when they need to turn them out for the meat grinder faster) 7days a week, no breaks. Israeli Basic training, is 8 weeks, with weekends off. Following Basic training every US army soldier(we’re talking basic infantry Marines ect have their own, longer training periods) go on to another 14 weeks of Infantry School. The average Israeli soldier is now in uniform and done training. Let’s say you wanted to become a US commando, assuming you did well enough in Infantry school, you would go on to another two years of training(Delta, Green Beret, that sort of thing). Israeli army, forget it, by the time the guy has been in the military for 2.5yrs he is already looking at his discharge not finally going active.
What am I saying? It is simple. I don’t think Hareidim(or anyone else) should face mandatory service. I think the military would do much better if it was purely a professional volunteer outfit, not a place to stick 18yr olds who don’t know what else they want to do with their lives yet.