The Knesset on Monday night, the eve of 29 Sivan, in a vote of 41 to 27 with one abstention passed the first reading of an amended draft bill that has the accompanying provisions to permit a talmid yeshiva delay military and/or national service.
The law stipulates the defense minister will determine just how many talmidei yeshivos must be drafted. The decision will have to be approved by the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. This bill intends to replace the controversial draft law passed in the previous Knesset.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid did not remain silent. “While MK Gafne is in Knesset joking, there are soldiers in Israel who endanger their lives to protect us. Gafne explains the children of others can return home in a body bag just not his children”.
Lapid questioned the matter of equality and the need for everyone’s children to endanger themselves to protect the country, not just a select few.
MK (Yesh Atid) Mickey Levy added “How do you look at yourselves in a mirror? You are doing yourselves a moral injustice. This is the beginning of the revocation of the Share the Burden Law, and I view the defense minister directly responsible for the implementation of the full law, without delay. Ya’alon and Netanyahu are selling the national values for their own political considerations. The prime minister gives up on almost everything to survive and remain in his seat”.
Responding for the government was Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan, accusing the opposition of failing to read the bill. He explained the Share the Burden Law placed the authority in the defense minister’s hands – to determine which yeshivos and how many talmidim and because of early elections that work was not completed and the vote is simply completing the work that was started in the previous Knesset.
A shouting match broke out between Lapid and Gafne.
You permit yourself to hide your eyes from the fact there is real pain and yes, there is real pain here.
Tell me, do you think you really impress someone. This is your law! Are you putting on an act? This is not Channel 2.
Lapid continued citing the importance of going to serve in the IDF.
Who are you trying to impress. Is this Chanel 2 or Yediot Achronot?
The shouts continued from other MKs against Gafne, who continued responding.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)