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As Haredim continue to defy legal rulings against modesty signs, many have begun to see Beit Shemesh as ‘the canary in the coal mine’ of Israel’s complicated secular-religious conflict.
Strong election showing of Shas and United Torah Judaism will lend the haredi parties heavy political clout in their demands for a High Court override bill and mass haredi exemptions from the army.
Bill expected to pass late on Monday night, majority of haredi MKs to vote against; Yesh Atid to support govt and vote in favor.
By JEREMY SHARON
Although the haredi parties are expected to either abstain or vote against the bill on Sunday, it will likely pass due to Yesh Atid's surprising support for the legislation.
Zionist Union to turn vote into no-confidence motion
The draft plan could be a stepping stone for Gantz to enter politics.
By GIL HOFFMAN
UTJ has threatened to initiate elections over the bill
Yogev: In exchange for Arab support for the enlistment law and the defeat of the amendment to the Noises [Muezzin] Law the haredim will sell [out] the Land of Israel in order to evade enlistment
“There are parties in the Knesset which are sustained by two things: war on Shabbat and war on the haredim.”
The draft includes annual enlistment targets which increase every year for ten years, and steadily increasing reductions to the budget for haredi yeshivas should enlistment targets not be met.
The proposals include financial sanctions against the state yeshiva budget for failure to meet enlistment targets.
Were an election to take place, it would be on September 4 because elections tend to not take place in the summertime, during fall Jewish holidays, or too close the municipal election
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