Majority of Israeli haredim oppose draft despite the war

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The majority of haredim remain opposed to canceling the exemption of yeshiva students from IDF conscription and believe that the ultra-Orthodox sector will continue its insularity without integrating into Israeli society, according to a survey by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI).

The survey, which comprised a representative sample of Israeli haredim, examined their attitudes on a variety of issues. There were 500 respondents, including 300 in an internet panel and 200 in a telephone survey.

The survey found that 70% of  haredim have not changed their opinion regarding conscription since the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7.

Another 12% said their position against conscription had strengthened and only 9% responded that they support the conscription of haredim into the Israeli military.

“Hopes that the war would make the haredim want to integrate more fully into Israeli society have been dashed. Across all issues critical to their integration and equality in Israeli life, the haredim believe nothing will change even after the war,” according to JPPI vice president Dr. Shuki Friedman.

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