Religious-Zionist Rabbi Zalman Melamed, who heads the high yeshiva in the Binyamin-region community of Beit El, sent a letter to members of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), Monday, in which he called for a fight against budget cuts which have left yeshivas with less than half the government funds for students that they had last year, despite an infusion that Jewish Home was able to arrange recently. Rabbi Melamed wrote, "I made a mistake in my innocence when I believed that the Yesh Atid Party really wants equality in the burden [of national service]. But what is actually happening and what they are doing is very severe harm to the yeshivot by the induction law and the budget, including the Zionist yeshivas."
Addressing Rabbi Shai Piron (Yesh Atid), who heads the Education Ministry, Rabbi Melamed wrote, "I'm sure you did not mean to join a party that would hurt yeshivas, including the Zionist yeshivas. You came to unite and not to separate. You did not come to increase hatred between religious and secular. You're not allowed to be a partner of such moves."