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Monday, May 27, 2013

It's official: We have a coalition crisis

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid has officially threatened to withdraw his party from the government over the Likud's unwillingness to arrest thousands of Haredim for 'draft dodging.'
"We won't sit in a government that doesn't pass [a bill requiring] an equal sharing of the national burden," said Lapid, who holds the position of finance minister. "There will be equality in the burden or this government will break apart."
Lapid told Yesh Atid deputies in the Knesset on Monday that the Likud was guilty of "hurting Zionism and the IDF" by objecting to criminal sanctions against those who failed to report for the draft. He called on Likud to "stop playing this game [which] prevents a historic injustice from being fixed."
Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party swept into parliament in this last election vowing to push through legislation that would end the decades-long exemption from military service that has been extended to tens of thousands of religious Jews enrolled in yeshivas.
"If anyone thinks that I entered politics just to solve the economic catastrophe left by the previous government, they're mistaken," the former newscaster said.
In response, Likud posited that Yesh Atid was overreacting to distract from the criticism Lapid has received over his budget proposal.
Umm... no.... Lapid entered government to finish what his father tried to start: To destroy the Haredi way of life in the State of Israel. It's the only issue that matters to him. It may take a while, but my guess is that Lapid will leave the government, that Netanyahu will bring in the Haredim and Naftali Bennett will be left with a decision to make. 

Maybe Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman was right last week when he told Haredi yeshiva students not to leave the yeshiva to attend last Thursday night's demonstration in Jerusalem.


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