In his address to the annual Bar Association conference in Eilat, Finance Minister Yair Lapid stated that if the government moves ahead in the direction of unilateral steps towards annexing areas of Yehuda and Shomron, it will mark the end of the current coalition. Lapid added that his Yesh Atid party will also not tolerate new construction outside so-called settlement blocs; areas that he and other left-wingers feel are included in the national consensus and would remain under Israeli control in an agreement with the PA (Palestinian Authority).
Lapid also addressed his policies vis-à-vis the chareidi tzibur. He explained that “Every chareidi MK who meets with non frum Jews insists the sharing the burden concept will not be successful. However when they speak with one another it is a different story.
Lapid commented on the agreement reached between the government and Shas’ Mayan Chinuch education network. He stated the coalition will design workable programs and after a great deal of dispute the deal with Shas was made and the school system will include core subject matter such as math and English.
Most of all Lapid stressed the rule has returned to the sovereign government “and we no tell the chareidim these are our values and you will accept them”.
And to continue his mantra, Lapid added that a democratic state cannot tolerate mehadrin bus lines for one does not send women to the back of a bus in 2014. He warns if this is the case “Tomorrow the chareidi tzibur will not have a bus”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)