Minister Michael Biton also said that the Defense Ministry intends to expand the program for ultra-Orthodox draft.
Yisrael Beytenu leader says stagnation of ultra-Orthodox enlistment means that previous, compromise legislation no longer relevant
“If Israel is important to you, stop your disqualifying and hateful rhetoric before a civil war breaks out here," Peretz tweeted to Liberman.
Facing overwhelming numerical superiority on the battlefield, from the moment of its establishment in 1948, tiny Israel had no choice but to build a strong military powered by universal conscription.
Likud agreed to wide-ranging concessions to the haredi parties following the April 9 election, including tough restrictions on construction work on Shabbat and gutting haredi enlistment legislation.
“We are all happy to go to prison for the sake of learning Torah,” and “We will die instead of being drafted.”
The Haredi protestors were blocking the Shabbat Square intersection in Jerusalem in protest against the arrest of a girl who claimed she was religious to avoid drafting into the IDF.
Yisrael Beytenu's leader said on Facebook that he is not trying to bring Netanyahu down.
Yet again, the issue of haredi enlistment in the IDF has caused a major political upheaval, and we could yet go to an election over it in three months.