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        12/20/2013, Tevet 17, 5774

      Porush to MKs: You're Playing with Fire

      It was reported on Thursday that MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) met a number of Knesset members this week and explained to them that the hareidi-religious population would not accept a bill that would forcefully draft yeshiva students into the army.

      "The attempt to push the hareidim with economic sanctions that would increase the percentage of hareidi recruits is clearly unacceptable. Because any decision made, even if it does not include criminal sanctions, but rather economic ones, aims to threaten that if the number of hareidi recruits set by the government is not met, the intention is to eventually impose criminal sanctions. This would make Israel the only country in the world which jails citizens who study Torah, and that is a disgrace,” said Porush.