MK Eli Yishai (Shas) said during the debate on the new draft law on Monday night that “it will not help anyone. No one will actually enlist even one yeshiva student who studies Torah, because tens of thousands of other students will follow him in protest. So what is this hypocrisy? Do you want to cause a rift in the nation? You are very close to that.”
He added that forcibly enlisting hareidim will also have a negative effect on the IDF's Nahal Hareidi brigade.
"You will cause years of achievements in integration of hareidim to go down the drain,” said Yishai. “You know that you cannot enlist even one yeshiva student by force. A yeshiva student who truly studies Torah will choose to go to jail.”