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Mothers at the Front Movement Demands Equality in Recruitment: "If the Haredim Don't Join, the State Will End" | Israel Hayom

2023-09-26T20:29:37.784Z

Highlights: Mothers at the Front Movement Demands Equality in Recruitment: "If the Haredim Don't Join, the State Will End" By tomorrow, representatives of the government and the ultra-Orthodox parties are supposed to respond to the petition submitted to the High Court of Justice. Ayelet Hashachar Saidoff and her fellow movement members are fighting for equal recruitment for everyone and are being kidnapped for it on both sides. Despite this, she is convinced that the draft law has no chance of passing.


Ayelet Hashachar Saidoff and her fellow movement members are fighting for equal recruitment for everyone and are being kidnapped for it on both sides • Despite this, she is convinced that the draft law has no chance of passing • "Eight coalition members will not vote for it"


By tomorrow, representatives of the government and the ultra-Orthodox parties are supposed to respond to the petition submitted to the High Court of Justice by the "Mothers at the Front" movement, demanding that the Security Service Law be upheld and that compulsory conscription be ordered into the IDF in the ultra-Orthodox community as well. A ruling in their favor is supposed to change the world order.

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"The petition cost 100,240 shekels," said Ayelet Hashachar Saidoff, founder of the "Mothers at the Front" movement. "400 women who paid about 23 shekels each, all in order for the court not to give the ultra-Orthodox more postponements in recruitment. Their first rejection came on July 2003, 20. Think that if you have been convicted of illegal construction and you tell the judge, 'Give time to regulate by law, or I will demolish on my own,' and then you come back after two years and ask for more time - after <> years it turned out that you built a palace.

"The defense minister said in March that Israel is in existential security danger, and then the IDF reported that there is one of the worst manpower shortages ever, so does it make sense that in June the government decides not to recruit rabbis? I hate it when people ask, 'Where have you been until today?' Just because you didn't give equality doesn't mean we didn't demand it."

"Mothers at the Front" demonstration near the recruitment office in Haifa, photo: Herzi Shapira

"Not sticking a finger in the eye"

Saidoff, 46, was born in Migdal HaEmek and now lives in Moshav Fatiha in the lowlands. A mother of three, she recruited her eldest son last January in the early days of legal reform.

"My partner says anxiety for my son is managing me," she laughs. "All my struggles followed him, and when I recruited him, I felt like I was sending him to an unknown place with people I didn't trust. I'm a political person, I won't lie."

Signs of the "Mothers at the Front" movement, photo: Herzi Shapira

As part of the struggle of "Mothers at the Front," which began at the end of April, Saidoff went to the home of MK Moshe Gafni to deliver a draft order for his grandson. She was one of the organizers of the Mothers' March with baby strollers and coffins near the recruitment office at Tel Hashomer, and participated in demonstrations that went deep into Bnei Brak.

"To those who wrote 'haters of the ultra-Orthodox,' I replied: 'To ask to enlist and pay taxes is to hate?'" she says. "I don't hate or stick a finger in my eye. The one who cared about factionalism and rejectionism was ultra-Orthodox society. We went into meetings a few weeks ago, they warned, 'You'll be ripped off with blows.' Lie. I sat with yeshiva members who wished me success."

Saidoff, a theater woman who has recently also practiced law, comes from a Likudniki home, but is now making great efforts to have the right-wing regime replaced.

National Equality Day. Installation of military coffins at the entrance to Bakum, photo: Yossi Zeliger

Are you part of the protest?

"The protesters hate us, stick sticks in the wheels, because they feel like we're stealing the focus. They hate because Ayelet Hashachar says whatever she wants on every platform and uses the protest platforms to convey a message. I come to talk there and not listen. They don't like it when we manage to get into the Knesset, but it's happening because I'm proposing a solution and not something amorphous."

But the protests have so far succeeded in delaying the legal reform.

"What you see as success, I see as a crisis. The number of people who went out to disrupt and came back disrupted is more influential than the reform that was delayed. An entire public is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And what in the end? Bibi still has enough fingers to wipe out democracy completely. In my view, they both caused damage and did not become a political force. Shikma Bressler doesn't want to come to the Knesset, so why did you go out into the street to hurt?"

National Equality Day. Installation of military coffins at the entrance to Bakum, photo: Yossi Zeliger

"We will become a political force"

According to Saidoff, she already has about 20,20 mothers behind her, and in the end she wants to leverage that power to reach the Knesset. "Mothers on the front lines will become a political force," she is convinced. "I want to lead the people of Israel to a saner place. Whether it's as a minister, as prime minister, or as a cleaner in the Knesset, I'll lead a decade from now. This has been my vision since I was 50 years old. I didn't want to do that before, because I think leading the public should be from the age of <> and up."

These are high goals for someone the public barely knows, but if the dramatic petition is accepted, go know. "The draft law has no chance of passing," Saidoff gets angry. "Ayelet Hashachar is the only leader of the protest organization that coalition members talk to. There are eight Knesset members from the coalition who told me, 'We will not vote for this law.' When I founded the organization, I knew that motherhood would be the ladder with which to descend from the tall tree. It won't help, I'm a person with a Christian outlook. Every action we take somehow ends successfully."

"Why only our children?", Photo: Yossi Zeliger

And if not, you have two more kids to recruit...

"I encourage everyone to enlist. If the ultra-Orthodox do not join, the country will run out. Do you think the third that holds and erodes will survive for long? We'll fall anyway, so I'd rather get off the boat now. If I wanted to take care of my son, I would go under the radar and not recruit, but I want everyone to serve, or help. Our petition revolves around the question of whether the baby is cut in half, or put back together. On 16 October, the opening of the Knesset's winter session, Minister Goldknopf will seek a blanket exemption from conscription. We hope to bring thousands of mothers there who will shout, 'Why only my child?' and hopefully, someone there will answer."

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