Organizers of the Jerusalem ‘Suckers’ Tent’ are working to enlist residents of Yehuda and Shomron in their battle to compel chareidim to serve in the IDF. The tent organizers are aware that while residents of Yehuda and Shomron do have much in common with the chareidi tzibur, they feel IDF service is a holy mission and therefore, they are optimistic that they will succeed in bringing the settlers on board to further isolate the chareidi community.
On erev shabbos 18 Sivan 5772, a tent will be set up in Efrat, the largest community in Gush Etzion, home to thousands of families, to express opposition to deal-making between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and chareidi parties.
The tent will be situated at an entrance to the community under the banner “You Promised? Then Fulfill!” Members of Knesset and community leaders have signaled they plan to attend to show their support. The organizers also plan to sign Gush Etzion residents to their petition demanding the government compel chareidim to serve in the IDF.
Speaking to Kol Chai Radio, Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman stated “we are not taking part in the [Plesner] committee because we have stated repeatedly there is no hope of reaching agreement without the premise that those wishing to learn torah may continue doing so. If that is not agreed to then we will not be part of the effort. This has been repeatedly clarified…I would like to reiterate this again today, in my name, that if those wishing to learn cannot, we will not remain part of the coalition”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)