MK Litzman Attends Secret NY Meeting With American Rabbonim About New IDF Draft Bill


On Monday, just before the outline for the new Chareidi IDF conscription law was published and created an outrage, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman met with four Rabbanim in America – two of them in the Moetzes Gadolei Hatorah of Agudath Israel in America.

According to a report by BeChadrei Charedim, Litzman attended the “secret meeting” with the Rabbonim at the Flatbush home of HaRav Yosef Harari Raful, the Rosh Yeshiva of Ateret Torah.

The other attendees, included HaRav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, Rosh Yeshiva in South Fallsburg, HaRav Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of BMG, and one other Rosh Yeshiva. Litzman for his part claimed, that everything that he as doing and working on, including the conscription law, is passed in front of the Moetzes in Eretz Yisroel.

Litzman said, that in spite of what the American Rabbonim may have heard, there is no threat of mass Chareidi enlistment. The gathered Rabbonim tried to put pressure on Litzman to vote against the bill. Litzman responded that he doesn’t know what is being included in the final proposal and therefore “can’t vote against it until I see it”.

The Mishpacha Magazine in Israel published an article about this meeting as well. It is inserted below with permission:

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. secret meeting and its a headline i guess a secret no more
    this is obviously a reaction to rav shternbuch ” farvos america is shtil” so litzman came to present his side of the story

  2. Regarding Public Asifas.
    At a Time When the people of Israel where 6 million Yiddin live and are surrounded by hostile countries and threatened by Iran and Hezbollah and Hamas who fly kites and balloons with bombs to damage and hurt Yiddin and their property and in Nassau Colliseum the world hears that tens of thousands gather against Zionism Would IT Be A GOOD IDEA due to AL TAAMOD AL DAM RAYACHA and KAL YISROEL ARAYVIM ZEH LAZAEH and IM AIN ANI LI MI LI to Gather to show Moral Support For the Yidden in Israel or at least Southern Israel?!?!?!?!? We have seen Asifas AGAINST ISRAEL – is It Only One WAY?!?!?!?!?!? Would that be a CHILUL HASHEM?!??! Please help me Understand

  3. evbazarov ,
    Please look up a clear Posuk in Parshas Shofitim, HA”SHOCHED Y”AVEIR EYENEI CHACHOMIM, , bribes make blind the eyes of the wise.

    The EY Rabonim, Roshei Yeshivois & Admorim that receive financial support from The Israeli government are blinded…. they are afraid to upset the apple cart that is feeding them millions of shekels , so they choose to hush it up.

    The American rabbonim don’t have this problem , so can see the issue more clearly.
    very simple

  4. mogold
    So when in New York or elsewhere in the USA if Yeshivas get some funding should we be concerned regarding THEIR “Ehrlichkeit”?????