The question many chareidim will be asking is if the newly-elected head of the Labor Party, MK Yitzchak Herzog, will fulfill the wishes of his grandfather, Rabbi Yitzchak Halevy Herzog ZT”L. The former chief rabbi on 13 Cheshvan 5713 sent a letter to President Chaim Herzog, the father of the newly-elected Labor party leader and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
Rav Herzog called on them to permit bnei yeshivos to continue learning and not draft them into the IDF. They complied with his request and that status quo has continued until today, when the current administration is working to pass a new draft law that will compel chareidim to serve in the military.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)