Kadima MK Yochanan Plesner, who headed the state committee assigned to research a new arrangement to replace the Tal Law, on Monday morning 29 Tishrei 5773 called on the government to draft tens of thousands of eligible chareidim. Speaking at a session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee addressing the abolition of Tal and the current situation, Plesner questioned by chareidim are not being inducted into the military as the law demands.
In comments to the media, Plesner was critical of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who he accuses of trying to woo the chareidi parties, adding the situation is what it is and the people want all citizens to share the defense burden. He added that today, 50% of the nation’s first graders “are not Zionists” and as such, they do not plan to serve in the military when they grow up, questioning the prime minister’s decision to ignore the pressing issue at hand.
“This is indeed the ticking time bomb but in this case, the prime minister has not set a red line in place” added Plesner.
Plesner added the upcoming elections will serve as a national referendum permitting voters to speak their minds and clearly set national priorities into place and he is confident the nation will change the current reality to reflect a situation in which all citizens will have to share in the national defense burden.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)