Lapid slams PM, religious parties over service law

July 3, 2012 11:25


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Yesh Atid party founder Yair Lapid on Tuesday lashed out against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for allowing religious parties to scuttle a deal over a new draft law.

"Tell the haredim 'sorry,' but the secular and religious public in Israel cannot handle this burden on their own," he said in an interview with Army Radio.

Lapid expressed outrage that religious parties were not prepared to accept compromise on issues the rest of the nation accepts as duties. "Nobody asked us if we are ready to be drafted, ready to pay income taxes, ready to stop at a red light," he said.

Calling Netanyahu a "small politician" for continued negotiation with the religious parties, Lapid added that those who do not serve should "not get a red cent" from the government.

"I don't want to go to war against the haredim," Lapid said.

"I don't hate them. I don't hate any Jew in the world," but " that doesn't mean we have to conduct things the way they are being conducted," he said.

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