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        2/26/2014, Adar 26, 5774

      In Dramatic Speech, Eichler Urges Canceling Draft Bill

      Member of Knesset Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) gave a dramatic speech in the Knesset on Wednesday calling to halt the draft bill. He warned that the criminal charges for yeshiva students who don't sign up for the IDF or national service would be seen by them as a form of criminalizing Torah study, rather then encouraging equality. He said the bill, coupled with budget cuts for yeshiva institutions, would cause internal strife.