Just one day before Monday night’s surprise move of a unity
government in Israel, which cancelled the planned early elections,
members of the ‘suckers tent’ protest movement demonstrated against
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The ‘suckers tent’ is made up of individuals who were opposed
extending the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of hareidi
soldiers from enlisting in the IDF, and which was recently annulled
by the Supreme Court. The protesters maintained that hareidi men who
do not serve in the IDF are not pulling their fair share of the
burden of military and national service.
The demonstrators were upset because the dissolution of the Knesset
and holding elections in September would have effectively extended
the Tal Law into December.
“Last week, [Netanyahu] invited us to his office and told us that
he’s going to pass the alternative to the Tal Law,” Zahava Elon of
the Forum for Sharing the Burden told Arutz Sheva. “Two days later,
he’s already dissolving the Knesset, which means that the law cannot
pass before the next election.”
She added, “We demand that he pass the first reading of the
alternative to the Tal Law and then dissolves the parliament. That
way, when the new parliament is established they can finalize the law
within one week.”