Lapid reassures Yesh Atid voters progress underway

May 25, 2013 18:35
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With the heavy lifting for the state budget done, Finance Minister Yair Lapid reassured his voters that he was making promise on the major issues of his campaign: equality of service, lowering the cost of living, bringing down housing cosrs, improving education, and reducing the number of ministers in the government.

"We ran in the elections under the banner 'We came to make changes.' Now we are making changes," he wrote to Yesh Atid supporters in a Friday night e-mail. "It's not bad for two months, but is it enough? Certainly not. Many of these changes are just the beginning."

First and foremost, Lapid touted the progress of the Peri Committee for draftng haredim into the army.

"The decisions of the equality of the burden commitee, upon which the the vote will take place on Sunday, is a huge political victory for Yesh Atid, but much more so for for the state of Israel," he wrote.

Within three years, 70% of haredim will be conscripted, 28,000 more haredim will enter the labor market, and they will only be allowed to delay their service until 21, and even then only with the IDF's consent, Lapid said.

Lapid called the haredi draft a "bleeding wound in Israeli society. "Instead of succumbing to various sectors, the state is returning to act like a sovereign standing his ground."

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