Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews, currently exempt from military service, protested attempts by Israel’s political leaders to force them to serve in the military.
Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rally in Jerusalem against legislation that would force them to serve in the Israeli military. The widespread opposition to the compulsory draft poses a challenge to the country, which is grappling with a cultural war over the place of the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli society. With secular Jews required to serve, the issue is a flash point between Israel's secular majority and its devout minority. Ariel Schalit/AP Buy Photo