Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party (Bayit Yehudi) released an announcement calling for unity with like-minded faith-based political parties in light of the tension regarding the coalition negotiations.
"Military police will not come to Mea Shearim and Bnei Brak. Everything has to be through dialogue," Bennett stated, referring to the Jerusalem neighborhood and the coastal city with a high percentage of full time yeshiva students.
"I take upon myself the responsibility... ultimately we are brothers," he said. Bennett came under fire recently from representatives of the Shas party and United Torah Judaism party for his alliance with the Yesh Atid party. Yesh Atid and the Jewish Home are divided on several issues but united on the issue of conscription in the armed forces. Shas and UTJ are against conscription. The recently repealed Tal law allowed full-time yeshiva students to defer the mandatory army service. Such students were required to remain in study full time and could not legally apply for a job or higher education. Others exempt from army duty are religious women, Arabs, and certain youth celebrities.