Ya´alon: Plesner Wants War with Orthodox (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar and Hezki Ezra 07/15/12)
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Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya´alon is blaming the failure of
negotiations to replace the Tal Law on the Kadima MK who was tasked
with creating a solution to the problem.
A working group that followed the so-called Plesner Committee was
headed by Likud Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya´alon together
with Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner, and was intended to find a compromise
between the law that enabled rabbinic students to continue deferments
from the draft and demands to recruit hareidi-religious men who were
not actively learning in yeshivas full time.
The committee was a last ditch effort to keep Kadima in the
government after the previous Plesner Committee, which called for a
straight universal draft that would have recruited all hareidi-
religious Jews regardless of status, was disbanded by Netanyahu.
"Plesner acted against his own committee and declared war on the
Orthodox Jewish community,” Ya´alon said on the interview
program, "Meet the Press."
“I felt there were politics in play. Anyone who thinks they can draft
the entire hareidi-religious world at one time doesn´t know what he
is talking about,” he said.
He added that an Orthodox draft should be carried out gradually and
in agreement with the rabbonim. “One can integrate hareidi-religious
soldiers into the army, gradually, but this should be done without
conflict, and it can be done. You cannot declare war on the Orthodox.
In recent years, there has been a trend towards a rise in the number
of recruits. The military must build units and service programs that
can fit the Orthodox,” he said.
"The prime minister made the decision to create a unity government,
with a sense of historic opportunity, and the Orthodox world
understands this. I do not know how it will end, but a national task
is at hand, and we must not miss this chance.” (IsraelNationalNews ©
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