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News Brief

  1/28/2013, Shevat 17, 5773

Shalom: Possible to Agree on Sharing the Burden


Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said on Monday that it would be possible for Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party as well as Shas to sit in the same coalition, but added that this will require flexibility on everyone’s part.

“The hareidim also need to understand that understandings must be reached,” Shalom told Arutz Sheva. “The Tal Law has expired, and the situation where my twins are serving in the military while others the same age do not, is not acceptable to many Israeli citizens. My hareidi friends understand this as well, and I hear that they are willing to discuss it.”

He added, “Our approach is clear, that people aged 18 need to serve in the IDF or do national service, and this applies not only to hareidim but also to Israeli Arabs. Every 18-year-old needs to contribute and give his share. On this issue we are united with much of the public that thinks that the current situation, where much of the public does not share the burden, is one that cannot last for a long time, so now is the right time to find solutions. This depends on the hareidim but also on Yair Lapid.”