Thousands of Orthodox Jews gather in New York Sunday on Water Street in lower Manhattan before they began to pray and protest against the Israeli government's proposal to pass a law that would draft strictly religious citizens into its army. "We're all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn't allow for religious learning," said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. "The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot." Israel's parliament, the Knesset, is expected to vote on the conscription bill later this month. The bill, to go into effect in 2017, would impose criminal sanctions on ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers. However, yeshiva students would have the right to defer service until age 26.