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Israel conscription rule stokes ultra-Orthodox fury

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The issue of ultra-Orthodox conscription in Israel has caused controversy for decades. The ultra-Orthodox community, now a million-strong, has historically been exempt from military service in exchange for political support. However, as the army faces strain and manpower shortages, there is increasing pressure to end the blanket exemptions. A recent survey indicated that 70% of Israeli Jews want to end the exemptions. Despite threats, ultra-Orthodox parties have not left the governing coalition over the issue, but attempts are being made to push forward a bill for partial enlistment.

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