Naftali Bennett Wants Ultra-Orthodox in the IDF

02.13.13 9:30 PM ET

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Naftali Bennett, the politician described by David Remnick in the New Yorker as the paladin of Israel's far-right, calls for military service by the ultra-Orthodox in his first speech to the Knesset. This is news, maybe big news.

"My Haredi brothers, army service is also a mitzvah, no less than that," he said. "It cannot be that they [the Haredim] won't serve in the army. It cannot be that they won't bear the economic burden. This is clear to the Haredim as well."