MK (Am Shalem) Rabbi Chaim Amsellem came out on Monday afternoon, against Shas leader Minister Eli Yishai.
Amsellem was referring to remarks released to the media by Yishai earlier in the day pertaining to the effort to induct chareidim into the IDF. Yishai stated the matter is on the level of “יהרג ואל יעבור”, comparing forced induction of chareidim into the IDF is comparable with the three major aveiros, גילוי עריות, עבודה זרה ושפיכות דמים. He made it clear; there is simply no room for compromise.
Amsellem attacked the senior minister’s statement, accusing Shas of “serving the ideology of the extremist elements instead of leaning towards party voters in the Zionist camp, those who serve in the IDF and work for a living”.
“After he decided the Second Lebanon War failure was the fault of soldiers who did not daven hard enough, the theologist Eli Yishai now states that induction into the IDF is tantamount to the three major Torah prohibitions”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)