Vice Premier (Likud) Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, met on Sunday, with MK (Kadima) Yochanan Plesner for their first working meeting since the establishment of the new committee which is drafting the chareidi conscription bill.
Ya’alon stated the current situation presents “a historic opportunity for change” but cautioned that they must act responsibly, “without causing a rift among people”.
The two are planning to meet against on Monday, 19 Tammuz towards completing the bill later this week to enable presenting it to the cabinet on Sunday, 25 Tammuz for approval.
Speaking with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), Ya’alon explained the bill address a drastic change and as such, the change must be implemented gradually. “The law must be practical from the perspective of the IDF, national service as well as for the yeshivos which are making a radical change.”
“Over recent years we are witnessing a willingness of more chareidim to serve but I we push for a draft at age 18 the resistance by chareidim will be formidable. We are dealing with a double-edged sword.”
The chareidi parties are not impressed and from their perspective Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is betraying them and their long-term loyalty to Likud.
Interestingly, after the prime minister dissolved the Plesner Committee, he announced that he would continue working with Kadima party head Shaul Mofaz to formulize the new draft bill.
Mr. Netanyahu signaled that he wants the bill ready for a vote at the next cabinet meeting, a move necessitated by Mofaz, who gave an ultimatum for his party remaining in the coalition.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)