As a coalition crisis brews in Israel, Yesh Atid party leader Finance Minister Yair Lapid remains firm in his determination to draft bnei yeshivos into the military. The following was posted on Lapid’s Facebook page.
“I want to be very clear about the burdens of equality: equality would be a burden or this government will break apart. From the first moment Yesh Atid has taken upon itself to be the responsible and stable component of the government. Also the passing of the budget and the vote in Knesset, I took upon myself the difficult and unpleasant all parts of government work, but if anyone thinks I went to politics only to solve the economic catastrophe that was left by the previous administration he does not understand why I am here.
“I’m not suggesting anyone be confused because I am in charge of the treasury. Yesh Atid will not acquiesce on this matter. Any attempt to torpedo the committee’s work will lead to the collapse of the coalition. There’s a historical opportunity to correct an injustice, to heal a wound at the heart of Israeli society.
“Anyone who harms this opportunity to seek to achieve political gain is sinning against Am Yisrael, Zionism, the IDF and every young person who reported to Bakum [induction base] to enlist.
“I have no intentions of letting it happen, and I urge the other parties in the coalition–particularly the Likud-pull yourself together. It’s time they behave as the vanguard and halt this game. This game does not bring dignity to anyone, it endangers the continued existence of the government, and it is preventing us from correcting this historic injustice.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)