Rabbonim attending a motzei Shabbos kenos against drafting chareidim are less than pleased with the fact that Yahadut Hatorah is entering into coalition talks which may result in a compromise solution pertaining to the drafting of bnei Torah. Walla News quotes kenos organizers as saying that they feel it is incorrect for Yahadut Hatorah to release messages of compromise, a willingness to accept one formula for drafting bnei Torah or another. The reject the very sitting in a room and indicating a solution may be reached, rejecting the concept of drafting any chareidim into the IDF.
The daily HaPeles newspaper affiliated with the Yerushalmi faction of Degel Hatorah reported that participants in the kenos reject any discussion of any compromise, seemingly innocent as it may be. The representative of the Sephardi bnei Torah, Rav Yaakov Ben-Naim sent a message to Shas MKs, calling upon them not to participate in talks surrounding a chareidi compromise on the draft issue. “We state that one may not sit with the other side to discuss this. It is like playing with fire” Rav Ben-Naim is quoted as saying.
HaRav Baruch Shmuel HaKohen Deutsch of Yeshivas Kol Torah attended the kenos, warning “Needless to say no one sitting here feels they just want to draft bnei Torah. They want to secularize Klall Yisrael G-d forbid, beginning with the bnei Torah. The matter demands mesirus nefesh.”
The words of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita who remains uncompromising on the issue were heard at the kenos too. The rav is quoted as saying “we must do what we can without wavering and without discussions. There must not be negotiating. This is a basic tenet of Yiddishkheit and we must take it to the end.”
The participants reached a decision, that they cannot support any change in the issue of drafting bnei Torah. The kenos called on elected chareidi leaders to leave the negotiating table and protest instead, demanding a new law that will protect those involved in the continued study of Torah.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)