Chareidi community leaders are preparing to organize a massive protest demonstration in response to Sunday’s announcement that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz agreed to establish a team to hash out the new universal draft law (the replacement to the Tal Law), which has adopted most of the Plesner Committee recommendations to redistribute the sharing of the service burden.
According to Sunday’s reports, the new law will seek to include the ultra-Orthodox and Arab-Israeli sectors into military and national service. The law is expected to limit the number of men studying in yeshiva and the funding for their studies, requiring most charedi youth to serve the country.
At this point, potential legislation has only largely been discussed between politicians and public figures, and has not yet been approved by leading rabbonim.
One leader in the charedi sector has promised that if the Plesner Committee recommendations are adopted, “Israel will see a demonstration like it has never seen before.” The leader also added that Shas and United Torah Judaism, the two ultra-Orthodox parties in the Netanyahu’s coalition, will join forces to oppose the new law.
A top official in the Shas party told Army Radio that Netanyahu is “on a collision course,” as he defines it, against the charedim. He said that, “We [already] agreed to a proposal that they never dreamed we would accept, but Netanyahu has been dragged off track by Kadima and seems to want bloodshed.”
Army Radio also reported increased tension in a number of yeshivos. Yeshivos around the country responded to a call on Sunday from Rav Ovadia Yosef, who instructed yeshivas to call off bein hazemanim. He ordered them to learn and add “Avinu Malkenu” to davening.
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