In his motzei shabbos shiur, Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita spoke of the harassment of talmidim and avreichim as many are working to draft them into the military.
Rav Ovadia stated “A strong Shas will not permit them to be drafted” as the gadol hador worked to drum up support for Shas, with the general elections set for 11 Shevat 5773.
The rav spoke of the difficult time and therefore, the need to vote Shas towards preventing the drafting of avreichim into the IDF, “upon whose merit the world stands” he explained. The rav called on everyone to do his utmost to influence others to vote on Election Day and to cast a ballot for Shas.
He asked “all those who told the Torah dear” to be a “shield to the Torah and a shield to the bnei Torah” by voting Shas and giving the party the strength to intervene and stop this harsh gezeira.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)