The Moetzas Gedolei Torah of Agudas Yisrael was scheduled to convene in Yerushalayim on Wednesday, 20 Kislev, but that meeting is now in doubt.
Sources in Agudah are now explaining it is not certain the admorim will be convening, and perhaps, the meeting will be pushed off to Thursday. The same sources explain the meeting may be pushed off until next week or until “who knows”.
The reason given is the admorim may be waiting to see the reaction of the High Court of Justice to the government’s latest request to extend the current deadline to legislate a new draft law. At present, the deadline expires on December 2, 2018. They feel if the High Court decides to schedule a hearing on the matter, it would not make sense for them to meet at this time, before hearing the position of the High Court.
On December 2nd, the legal status of the draft deferment of bnei Torah expires and without a law protecting them, they are all eligible for the draft. If the court however decides to honor the government’s latest request for an extension, the bnei Torah are once again protected until such time a new bill is passed into law in Knesset. Alternatively, the court may reject the request and render a decision on its own that will compel a new situation, a new law regarding lomdei Torah and IDF service.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)