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Many parents whose children were killed during army service plan to
attend mass Tel Aviv demonstration calling for universal
recruitment. ´Yeshiva students should not use Torah as excuse,´ one
Several bereaved parents are expected to attend Saturday night´s "IDF
suckers´ demonstration in Tel Aviv against haredi draft-dodging.
Others will support the campaign for universal recruitment from afar.
Nelly Barak of Arad, whose son, Lieutenant Hanan Barak, was killed
during the June 2005 border incident in which Gilad Shalit was
kidnapped into Gaza, said she supports the army reservists who are
organizing the event, though she will not be attending. "Everyone
must contribute their fair share to the national effort. This country
is not built for parasites," she said.
The bereaved mother stressed that while she respects yeshiva
students, "when our children want to go to the university they first
have to serve for three years (in the army. The yeshiva students can
also serve three years and then study Torah for the rest of their
lives if they so desire.
"They should not use the Torah as an excuse. That´s unacceptable.
Everyone is equal in this country. Why is my son´s blood worth less?"
Tensions surrounding haredi draft-dodging soared after Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved a committee that was tasked with
drafting a universal draft law to replace the Tal Law, which
effectively exempted ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students from army
Barak said she support civil service for Israel´s Arabs and
haredim. "I donít think all the Arabs will enlist in the army, but
they can perform national service. There are enough schools and
clinics out there that could use their help," she argued.
Eli Ben-Shem, who lost his son, 1st Lt. Kobi Ben-Shem, when two
military helicopters crashed over the She´ar Yashuv moshav in the
Upper Galilee, plans to attend Saturday´s rally.
"It pains the bereaved families, who paid a very heavy price for a
country that is dear to them, that only half of Israel´s citizens
serve in the army while the other half does nothing. We expect the PM
to come to his senses. There is a historic opportunity here to change
the current situation. If the status quo persists, in a few years
there no one will join the IDF," he said.
Ben-Shem, who heads the Yad Labanim soldiers´ memorial organization,
said he was very disappointed by Netanyahu´s decision to disband the
Plesner Committee. "We thought we were on the brink of a historic
change in Israel, and now we see it dissipating again due to
political interests," he said.
Yaron Baskind´s paratrooper son Matan was killed in a car crash. "The
message should be simple: Everyone must enlist. There is one army,
and that is the Jewish army in the Land of Israel, and everyone must
find their place there. Those who don´t should not have rights," he
Actor Shlomo Vishinsky, whose son was killed on the Philadelphi Route
in south Gaza, will also take part in the demonstration. "There
cannot be a situation whereby such a large segment of society does
not share the burden. My son Lior was an extreme leftist and served
in the most elite IDF unit. He separated his IDF service from his
personal political views. He was a true democrat."
"Are the mothers of these haredi draft-dodgers not ashamed? Other
mothers do not sleep well at night because they are worried about
what may happen to their children in the army."
Ami Schrier of Haifa, whose son First Lieutenant Yiftach Schrier was
killed in the Second Lebanon War, says the pace at which the
activists are trying to change things is too fast. "You can´t a
situation that has been created over 64 years in six days.
Schrier said Intrerior Minister Eli Yishai visited the family home
during the period of mourning (shiva). "I told him that Yiftach was a
secular officer who commanded over Yeshivat Hesder soldiers. I said
Shas supporters should follow their example and join the army. He
(Yishai) told me her served for three years.
"So far close to 6,000 haredim have enlisted. If we apply more
pressure on them, they will close up," Schrier said.
Former Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin, who will be the keynote speaker
at the event said: "Suckers aren´t those who serve the country,
suckers are those who don´t understand the true power of the public
facing its elected leaders and who allow the leaders to shirk away
from finding a solution to the fundamental, ideological and critical
issue. Together, all of us will not allow this to happen."
MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud) will also attend the rally: "The
rally tomorrow is one of the most justified we´ve had. Moments before
the Knesset decides between the Tal Law alternatives, it is important
that we all understand that this decision is not the Likud´s or
Kadima´s or any other party´s - it isn´t even a judicial
constitutional choice," he stated.
"This rally cannot put on the opposition´s uniform, as the solution
will only come from the government and the person at its head," Cohen
stated. Attila Somfalvi contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 07/06/12)
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