United Torah Judaism held a party meeting Monday during which Chairman Israel Eichler strongly spoke out against the forced enlistment of yeshiva students.
"We hear that the people gave a mandate to (Yair) Lapid, the people also gave a mandate to the Torah observers in Israel, you can not separate and divide the nation," said Eichler, adding, "We believe that ultimately we will sit in the coalition, there is room for everyone."
MK Menachem Eliezer Moses raised the apparent absurdity of threatening yeshiva students who refuse to join the army with jail time. "There are 20,000 law-abiding students learning Torah, they will take them all to jail? You know how much it costs to hold a prisoner? For this there is money?"
The idea of creating a bloc against Lapid's Yesh Atid party was also raised during the meeting.