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Knesset Speaker Edelstein concerned draft bill will cause rift in nation

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March 2, 2014 16:54

Amid mass haredi protests against the IDF conscription bill in Jerusalem on Sunday, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein expressed concern that the bill will cause a rift in the nation.

"There is currently record-high tension between groups in society and I fear for the unity of our nation," he stated. "The purpose of the law is to justly bring equality, but if the result is a civil war, we will not achieve anything."

Edelstein condemned incitement against lawmakers and ministers, saying "I am for freedom of expression and will defend any group's right to say what he has to say, but disseminating photos of elected officials in Nazi uniforms is very serious and can lead to real violence."

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