IDF ´suckers´: PM deceived us (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Published: 05.07.12, 15:18)
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Shas chairman Yishai visits army reservists calling for universal
service law; calls on ´all those who do not study Torah´ to enlist
Shas Chairman Eli Yishai visited the IDF "suckers´ encampment" in
Jerusalem on Monday amid efforts by some factions to pass legislation
that would replace the controversial Tal Law before the Knesset´s
The expiring Tal Law effectively exempts ultra-Orthodox from military
Following the visit, the army reserve sodiers, who are calling for a
universal service law, leveled harsh criticism at the government and
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The reservists attacked Shas Minister Meshulam Nahari´s appeal
against a decision by the Ministerial Committee on Legislative
Affairs to submit two bills calling for universal IDF or civil
service for a first reading in the Knesset. The appeal
effectively "froze" the proposals for the time being.
"If (the appeal) was in fact part of a deal between Netanyahu and
Shas, then he (PM) has deceived us and the entire public," said Idan
Miller, one of the protest´s organizers. "Just last week he told us
he´d pass the legislation before the elections."
Yishai told the reservists that thousands of ultra-Orthodox want to
enlist in the IDF, "but the army is not interested in recruiting
The Shas chairman further claimed there was a sharp increase in the
number of haredim attending institutions of higher education. He said
the trend "began a decade ago with 24 (university) students, and
today we have 3,000."
According to Yishai, the "campaign against the country´s ultra-
Orthodox community is based on "hatred and nationals rifts."
"This campaign is aimed at trampling over every Jewish value. From
the destruction of the Second Temple to this day the nation of Israel
has existed because of the Torah. I call on all those who do not
study Torah to immediately enlist (in the army), otherwise they are
desecrating god´s name," he said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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