What type of army did Mofaz run? I guess Ehud Barak isn't the only former IDF head who deserves blame.
Netanyahu had a strong, stable coalition even before Mofaz joined it, and Mofaz's anorexic Kadima Party certainly isn't a necessary ingredient in the Israeli Government.
My comparing Mofaz to a disgruntled athlete calling "kill the ref" is pretty close to the issue, since the Plesner of the Plesner Committee, which had been asked to find a solution for drafting yeshiva students, is a Kadima MK.
Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he no longer recognizes the mandate of the Plesner committee. But MK Yohanan Plesner, of Kadima, chose to issue his report anyway. (complete article)
Mofaz's demand is more than ideology. But there's a much more important point, aspect to the question of the place and requirements of chareidi former full-time yeshiva students which is being totally ignored by Mofaz. In all honesty, I'm in shock that a former Ramat Cal, IDF Head could demand that thousands of unmotivated, many less than minimally fit men should be forced to become soldiers in our army.
As the mother of soldiers who now do the reserve duty, no matter how inconvenient it may be to their businesses, jobs and personal life, etc I don't think of soldiers as numbers, pawns to be shoved into just any place. There are a great number of jobs a soldier can do, but still it is sometimes very difficult for even the most motivated young man or woman to find the right one in terms of what he/she can do and what the army actually needs.
The IDF cannot suddenly process and place thousands of additional potential soldiers. The drafting and recruitment for all practical purposes of more strictly Torah observant soldiers demands changes in the army, and I'm not just talking about food.
Again I ask what type of army did Mofaz run, because proper and suitable use of manpower is the key to a strong effective army.
I have this awful feeling that the Mofaz-Plesner agenda is not for the good of the nation nor the army. It's to punish the chareidim:
Those who dodge service would be subject to what has been termed "personal sanctions," and would have to pay heavy monetary penalties and the full rate of monthly National Insurance fees. They would also be denied the monthly allowances yeshiva students currently enjoy. Eventually, the state would be able to file criminal charges against those who choose not serve.Plesner's committee has put more thought into how to penalize the chareidi (but not the Leftist) "draft dodger" than how to best use the talents of the chareidim in the IDF and make them feel that they are contributing to the good of the Jewish Religion and People.
A draft dodger would face a 7,500 shekel ($1,915) fine at first, and then a 75 shekel ($19) fine for each day that goes by without serving. Also, they would lose the monthly allowance of 500 to 900 shekels ($127 to $178) they receive from the Ministry of Religious Services. Their yeshiva or kollel would also be de-funded to a certain extent. Currently, yeshiva students pay a reduced rate of 110 shekels ($28) for National Insurance services and enjoy a guaranteed income supplement because they spend most of their time in school, but draft dodgers would lose these benefits, as well as child allowances, housing subsidies and tax benefits. (complete article)
Taking all this into account, I'd say that for the good of the State of Israel and the IDF-Israel Defense Forces, I'd feel a lot safer with Shaul Mofaz further away from power. Let him quit!!!