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MK Yoni Chetboun announced in the Knesset plenum on Tuesday, 9 Adar II, that he will not obey party discipline regarding the vote on the draft bill. The controversial bill is expected to be voted on in Knesset later in the day Wednesday, 10 Adar II 5774.
Chetboun announced proudly that he will not support a bill that will contribute to the destruction of the Torah World. “I will not be a part of the incitement and I will not be a part of the anti-Jewish move… The initiators of the law succeeded and the split from the chareidi tzibur is complete and therefore, I will not vote for it. As a major in the IDF reserves, and as an officer and a commander, I have decided today to stand firm on my principles and to oppose this anti-religious trend. I love the Torah and love our state, and I am a big believer in our wonderful people. ואהבת לרעך כמוך”, adding “this verse does not apply just in the IDF, but for each and every Jew, left or right, Ashkenazi or Sephardi, and even the chareidi tzibur” he stated.
Chetboun continues, questioning when the day will come that the “Israeli secular elite” will recognize the value of limud Torah and the contribution of the chareidim. He mentions the numerous anti-religious bills that have been pushed through in this Knesset, the cuts for monthly child allowance payments, the cuts to hesder yeshivot and much more. “My friends, this is an Israeli cultural war”.
Not taking the news lightly, senior Bayit Yehudi officials informed Chetboun that if he makes good on his threat he will be dealt with severely, and he will be removed from all party responsibilities, including serving on any and all Knesset committees and stripped of his title as a deputy speaker of the house.
See Chetboun’s inspiring nine minute address in Knesset:
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)