Lapid: 10% of the population threatening 90% with civil war
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called for increased haredi enlistment in IDF and civil service in his first speech before the Knesset on Monday, saying that "we cannot avoid equality in the burden just because 10% of the population threatens the other 90% with a civil war."
Lapid added that the threat of a rift in society as a result of implementing a mandatory service law "empties the entire idea of democracy."
The Yesh Atid leader stated that the public had given its mandate to implement equality in the service burden in the Knesset election.
"This is is why the public voted us into this house so we can get over the fears and tension in the problems splitting Israeli society...We are ripped apart in enlistment, in the workforce. It's time to make a decision," he stated.