Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, 5 Adar launched a strong attack against Yair Lapid, accusing him of causing the sharp reduction in the number of chareidim entering the IDF and for the increase in housing prices in Israel. Ya’alon was addressing a kenos of Mechina IDF preparatory yeshivot in N’vei.
He explained he has worked for years in cooperation with chareidi leaders towards increasing the number of inductees. He explained to date, everything that was accomplished was due to mutual respect and understanding but Lapid thought he can achieve more with threats and legal action against the chareidi tzibur.
Ya’alon explains that even back when he served as IDF Central District Commander and the Nachal Chareidi was formed, the numbers continued to increase annually due to the ongoing efforts of those who understood the change must be the result of mutual cooperation and not unilaterally trying to compel the tzibur. He questioned the need to threaten the chareidi tzibur and now it is evident the plan backfired.
Ya’alon then shifted to the sharp increase in housing, which he blames on Lapid’s failures as Minister of Finance and his failed Zero VAT bill.
He stated that Lapid’s irresponsible handling of matters has led to considerable damage in a number of areas.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)