Yesh Atid leader Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Monday morning 8 Adar II related to a letter from high-schoolers calling for disobedience, refusal IDF induction. Lapid said “we must call a spade a spade. This is not disobedience but [draft] dodging.”
“These young people may not wear a shtreimal but they too are chareidi extremists. They are secular Neturei Karta who think that if they believe in something then it is okay to send others to bear the burden and endanger their lives in their place. They are not hiding in the tent of Torah but the tent of hypocrisy.”
“Secular evasion [of military service] is not ideology. This indulgence of 70 young people who think everything is coming to them while the others, your children and mine – those who must serve in their place. I am ashamed” Lapid concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)