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July 17, 2016 10:50 am

New Israeli Law: Dissuading Christians From IDF Service Carries Prison Term

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IDF soldiers. Photo: Instagram.

IDF soldiers. Photo: Instagram.

JNS.org – In a vote of 39-9 with one abstention, the Israeli Knesset passed a law stating that a prison term will apply to anyone who tries to dissuade Israeli Christians from serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The sponsor of the bill, Member of Knesset Yoav Kish of the Likud party, said the measure intends to fight negative social pressure against Christian Arabs who choose to enlist in the military. While Jewish Israelis are required to serve in the IDF, Israelis of other faiths enlist voluntarily.

Israel’s penal code already stipulates a term of three to 15 years for anyone who convinces Jews against IDF enlistment, or tries to persuade or help a soldier to leave the military. But the new bill will apply the same punishment for anyone helping or persuading volunteer soldiers to do the same.

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  • Stein

    Good. These Christians are party of the Jewish people and part of the Land of Israel. They deserve the same rights and responsibilities.

    Whether they are indigenous Aramean Christians who have been here in Erets Yisrael since the start of the Byzantine Era, or whether they are Soviet Christians who came as members of Jewish families, they are Gerim, Nonjewish members of Am Yisrael.

    As part of the Jewish people, we need to defend each other.

    • Good Call

      Not only that, these Christians as well as many around the world love Israel and the Jewish people. They want to see Israel survive and not just by words, but by actions, they want to defend the Land and the Jewish people. I for one as a Christian want to see Israel also reclaim more of their land, that is so rightfully theirs, including all the West Bank and most of Jordan, plus some of Lebanon and Syria. May God continue to protect His people and bless them!

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