Deputy Prime Minister (Shas) Eli Yishai on Monday, visited the “Sucker’s Tent“ in Yerushalayim.
The senior minister’s tone was not explanatory or apologetic, but rather quite the contrary as he called to remove “the masks of hypocrisy from the faces of elected officials”.
Yishai explained how many chareidim have in the past and currently serve, and many many are waiting but they are simply not activated. He insists that presently, there are literally thousands of chareidim prepared and awaiting enlistment but the military does not call them to service, rejecting the validity of the campaign against the chareidi tzibur at large.
He called on Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to immediately call up the thousands of chareidim who want to serve and are not permitted to do so. He attacked the bill presented to Knesset by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s party to replace the Tal Law, which Yishai feels is “populist and intended to earn Yisrael Beitenu points in the election campaign”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)