´Shas won’t send reps to Tal Law c´tee´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JEREMY SHARON 05/14/12)
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Shas Chairman Eli Yishai issued a statement Monday saying that,
following consultations with Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah
Yosef, the party will not be sending a representative to the
committee established to present proposals for replacing the Tal Law.
“Those who study Torah are not subject to negotiations on quotas and
on their basic rights to study the Torah,” Yishai said. “Their
contribution to the Jewish people and to the State of Israel is well
known and clear to any believing Jew."
Yishai also said that Shas would produce its own recommendations on
the issue of the share of the military burden and IDF draft reform
and present it to the public.
Members of Knesset from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox party) United
Torah Judaism (UTJ) also said they will not participate in or send
representatives to the committee.
According to sources within the UTJ, leading rabbis in the haredi
community have instructed UTJ MKs not to take part in the hearings
due to ideological opposition to a law which will encourage drafting
haredim into the army.
MK (UTJ) and chairman of the finance committee Moshe Gafni said in an
interview with the haredi newspaper Yated Ne´eman, that Rabbi Aharon
Leib Schteinman - the de facto leader of the ultra-Orthodox community
while Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyshaiv is still hospitalized - instructed
party members to quit the coalition if any attempt is made to hinder
the studies of yeshiva students.
“Any attempt to prevent Torah students from their studies would
constitute a severe injury to the soul of the Jewish people,” Gafni
told the newspaper. “We wouldn’t stay for one moment in the coalition
if they try and do this,” Gafni warned. “We cannot compromise in any
Gafni also rejected the idea of a quota for the number of students
permitted to gain exemptions from military or civilian service. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/14/12)
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