Shas MK Nissim Zev on Sunday defended the government for approving the enlistment of 1,300 yeshiva students for civilian service and officially recognized the move as an alternative to serving in the IDF.
"All the criticism that has been levelled at the government today on this issue is bizarre and hypocritical," said Zev. "It is the government is acting in the correct way by gradually broadening the Nahal Haredi battalion, the Shahar Kahol program [which places haredim in hi-tech positions] and the civilian service for haredim."
"This problem has to be solved gradually and with agreement. This decision will see a good number of haredim taking up public service and yet its still criticized."