MKs from Degel HaTorah are signaling that HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita, has instructed the party to break away from the coalition in the event the government takes measures to prevent bnei torah from continuing to learn. This is the result of ongoing efforts to legislate a law that will replace the Tal Law which permitted bnei torah to learn in place of entering the IDF.
In an interview with Yated Ne’eman, MK R’ Moshe Gafne says his faction of Yahadut HaTorah will break away from the coalition in line with the gadol hador’s instructions if any effort is made by the coalition to disrupt the limud torah that exists today.
Gafne states the situation that exists today has existed since the establishment of the state and any attempt to change this reality will compel the party to break from the coalition immediately.
He adds that for the past three years, Yisrael Beitenu has done nothing to promote such legislation but now, and when it appeared that the nation was heading to elections this became the number one issue.
Gafne’s words were strengthened by party colleague MK Uri Maklev, who stated definitively “There will be no room for compromise”, adding they would not accept a situation in which one wishing to learn Torah may not be permitted to do so. He concurred with R’ Gafne, stating Maran HaRosh Yeshiva instructed Degel to break from the coalition immediately if any attempt is made to change the status quo.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)