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Chareidi newspapers on Wednesday 22 Elul, launched a harsh attack on the cancellation of the draft law by the High Court of Justice, pointing their arrows at Supreme Court justices who claimed that they had acted contrary to the rules of democracy.
Hamodia newspaper, in a headline on “More aggressive judicial intervention in the powers of the legislative branch, judges of the Supreme Court annulled a law that anchors the deferral of enlistment of those whose Torah is their profession.” Hamodia calls the judges ‘the rulers of the state’ and reports on an emergency meeting of the United Torah Judaism and Shas factions that will convene to draft a new law.
Yated Neeman reports in a black red headline on “judicial dictatorship. The draft law was arbitrarily disqualified by the Supreme Court. “Against the world of Torah.”
Yated Ne’eman brings the reactions of the chareidi Knesset members who attack the court. In addition, the editor of the newspaper, Rabbi Yisrael Friedman, writes an extensive article on the liberal terrorism of the High Court of Justice that imposes the judiciary on the legislature, and the government to prove who is the landlord.
In an article entitled “Hurricane in Israel” the newspaper warns that “the rules of the democratic game are now violated, the Knesset and the government have no meaning, everything is legal and void: laws will be legislated, the parliamentarians will play before us, but the High Court of Justice decides.
If something does not appeal to him, he will cancel the will of the people through his voters. If he wants something, he forces his will on the people! Systems madness, who needs a Knesset? In a real democracy, judges are elected by the people, at the ballot box, because their job is to protect the will of the people, not to tell them what to want … Something that went wrong here, the landlord lost his temper.
The newspaper HaMevaser reports in a major headline that “As they seek to punish we will multiply and break out, and that tens of thousands of Torah scholars will continue to strive for their study as in the days to come.” The editorial also attacks the Supreme Court, as expected, under the heading “A non-constitutional Supreme Court that is immersed in a bubble and cut off from the tradition of Israel.”
HaPeles writes, “The era of illusions has ended, and the chareidi public declares war without compromises.” The newspaper announces in its sub-headline the “disillusionment among the chareidi community and the need to embark on a vigorous struggle on the subject.” The decision of the High Court of Justice reinforces their claim that there is a real intention to recruit the yeshiva students in an organized and orderly manner and that the decision falls from one’s hands as does ripe fruit.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)