Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that the verbal and physical attacks against chareidi inductees into the IDF and IDF soldiers are intolerable and they must be stopped. Defense Ministry officials are calling for a tenacious effort by police and other law enforcement agencies.
Ya’alon stated “We mustn’t accept this situation and the law-breakers and those who send them must be stopped”. The senior minister feels that those involved represent a small fringe faction of the frum community.
“We in the defense establishment and the IDF are careful to act with sensitivity, moderation and tolerance and not with hate and incitement but with dialogue with heads of the chareidi society and its young people. This has proven itself year after year” he added.
Ya’alon calls on leaders of the chareidi tzibur to denounce those who take part in the attacks. His comments followed an unpleasant recent incident when chareidi inductees were the recipients of angry shouts and verbal abuse by chareidim opposed to their joining the military.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)